How To Find Support for Addiction

 

Addiction is a serious and often debilitating series of issues that can be difficult for a person to overcome on their own. This is why it is crucial to have a solid support system in place when you are on your recovery journey. So, how can you find support for overcoming addiction?

 

Inpatient vs. Outpatient Treatment

 

You will have to start off by considering treatment options. One way to do this is to commence an Internet search so that you can become familiar with resources that are close to you. You can search government databases in order to find treatment programs that are in your area.

 

You and your any supportive family members, friends, or medical professionals will have to decide if you need inpatient rehabilitation to start off with or would be better off in an outpatient therapy setting. Inpatient rehab programs typically require that you stay in their facilities for 30-90 days on average.

 

Types of Rehabilitation Programs

 

If you decide to find support in an inpatient rehab program, you will spend at least a month receiving therapy, spending time with others who are in recovery from similar addictions, and will enter a sober living facility after leaving the residential center. A sober living facility will help you apply the skills learned at the recovery center and maintain a sober lifestyle in the everyday world.

 

Finding a Support Group

 

Whether you’ve completed an inpatient rehab program or participate in one-on-one private counseling sessions, finding a support group in your community can be essential, especially if you do not have many supportive loved ones. Your chance of a relapse after exiting a recovery program can be significantly reduced by finding the right support group.

 

Again, there are many resources available for finding help. You can locate support groups near you by simply conducting an Internet search and using databases to locate groups who are currently holding meetings.

 

 

If you are struggling with addiction, know that there is no shame in reaching out and asking for help. Having the right support system in place will ensure the best chance of recovery. Even if you live in a rural area, there are ways to locate support and get the help you are looking for. Recovery itself is a life-long journey since it takes some work to remain in recovery, but it should be something that you come to enjoy.

Seven Things I Do To Stay Happy

We live in an incredibly negative society. So how can you stay positive through it all? Here are six things I do to maintain a positive outlook when everything seems so bad.

1. Limit the amount of bad news in my life.

While I want to stay knowledgeable on everything that’s happening, sometimes a headline enough to know what’s going on. I limit the amount of time I spend with the Internet, TV, and radio selecting only a few stories to read completely.

2. Limit the amount of negative people in your life.

So many people talk to me about their problems, and some days have more negativity than others. But I can choose how much time I spend with friends and family members that dwell on the bad things. As painful as it could be at times, my calendar may not open people who always bum me out.

3. Have more music.

For me, positive music that plays in the car or at work is a great way to make me feel better. I love to listen to spiritual music and positive, upbeat artists like Karen Drucker. I can feel blissful and happy with just a few clicks on my phone.

4. Meditate.

Awareness of breath, my food while eating, a yellow flower, a white cloud in the sky, the chirping of a bird — these things can all bring me into a deeper awareness of the moment and make me feel more present.

6. Be Grateful. 

When you have gratitude for everything in your life, you will receive more of what you are grateful for. When you count your blessings, you will have more blessings to count.

7. Dance.

There is nothing better than throwing a spontaneous dance party in my underwear. I love to turn on some Bruno Mars and strut around the house. It makes me feel good!

7 Ways I Became More Positive

Let’s face it. We all live hectic lives, and we all have our unique sets of challenges. I have always struggled with alcoholism. That is my challenge. And before my sobriety, I was the most negative person I knew. When people used to tell me to think positive, I used to tell them to go to hell. I had a lot of work to do. So here’s how I did it:

1. I created a vision board to see myself where I wanted to be. 

I printed out some pictures of myself in a beautiful new home with a beautiful partner who loves me, and I practiced visualization every day to manifest the life of my dreams!

2. I started a gratitude journal.

There is always something to be grateful for: the clothes you’re wearing, the food you just ate, the car you’re driving, the home you’re staying in, the warm bed you’re sleeping in, the running water with which you just took a shower. I could go on.

3. I created positive affirmations and recited them every morning.

It can also be a ton of fun to create them!

4. I listen to joyful and uplifting music.

Karen Drucker is one of my favorites. There are all sorts of people making positive music. I also love Faith Rivera.

5. I read inspirational books.

Some of my favorite authors are Wayne Dyer, Brene Brown, and Eckhart Tolle.

6. I surround myself with positive people who uplift me.

Who has time for negative people? Who has time for people who want to drag you down? I discovered that I believed that I deserved to be around people who were going to help me become my highest and best self.

7. I surround myself with inspirational quotes.

One of my favorite things to do is to write down inspirational and motivational quotes that I find and hang them all over my house. You should try it! It will really brighten up your space.

Why Positive Thinking is Essential for Recovery

Your entire experience and perception of the world is going to be affected by the way that you think about it. If you are constantly thinking about life as a miserable struggle, you are going to find that it starts to look that way. Life will reflect back to you the things that you are thinking about. Learning how to think positively is an essential skill for anyone to learn, but this is especially true for anyone who is trying to stay on the path to recovery from addiction.

The Positive Aspects of Positive Thinking

Why is it good to think in a positive way? Studies have shown that positive thinking can:

  • lessen symptoms of depression
  • boost the immune system
  • reduce stress and inflammation
  • help people live longer
  • increase energy
  • help people achieve personal goals
  • improve the overall quality of life

Studies have also shown that people who think positively are more likely to stay sober and clean.

How can you increase your positive thinking? 

There are many ways you can incorporate more positive thinking into your day-to-day routines. We have provided a few tips for you below:

Try using positive affirmations

Every day, we are creating affirmations whether we are conscious of it or not. So why not try creating some conscious, positive affirmations? You can repeat them to yourself in the bathroom mirror in the morning.

Keep a gratitude journal

When you are constantly looking for things you are grateful for and not taking anything for granted, you will quickly realize how truly blessed you are. Gratitude is the quickest way to living a more positive, blessed, and abundant life.

Stay in the moment

It’s impossible to stay positive when you are worried about the past or the future. You have no control over what already happened or what has yet to happen. The only thing you have control over is the present moment. That is where you will find happiness.

Expect things to go your way

Assume that things are going to work out. Don’t let yourself imagine everything going wrong. Imagine things going right! You will be amazed how quickly you will start to see that things are working out when you expect them to.

My Story

My name is Dawn Summers, and I am a recovered alcoholic and drug addict. My struggle with addiction started 20 years ago when I was 12 years old and my friend and I broke into her dad’s liquor cabinet. I can honestly look back and pinpoint my battle to that one moment when I first tasted some of his Jack Daniels.

I had so much trouble in high school, I got expelled from my high school. I would do every drug I could find, and I even started selling drugs to the other kids. At first it was just weed, but I started selling cocaine, crystal meth, and even heroin when I was in my twenties.

One night five years ago, I hit my bottom. I watched a good friend of mine overdose on heroin. He didn’t make it. I was so distraught that I got behind the wheel even though I had been drinking and smoking pot, and I ended up totaling my boyfriend’s car and getting arrested for my second DUI. It was at this point that my parents cut me off, my brother stopped talking to me, and my boyfriend kicked me out of his apartment.

I had literally lost everything. This was the first time I thought about getting sober. It took me two more relapses to finally get sober for good. I went to rehab. I slowly but surely repaired my relationships with my family. I put my life back together.

Now, I have been sober for two years, I received my GED, and I am enrolled in community college, working towards an associate’s degree. It’s been a long road for me. It has been difficult, and I have had to get through a number of challenges.

If I could go back, I wouldn’t change a thing. In my struggle with addiction and my eventual road to recovery, I have learned who I am. I have learned how strong I am. I have learned how to have a faith in God that I never had before. I have learned how to have healthy relationships in a way that I never had before.

If you are battling with addiction, I encourage you not to give up. When you get sober, you start to see the things in life that really matter. And you start to realize that it really is always darkest before the dawn.