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How to Get Started on Your Recovery from Drug or Alcohol Dependence

When you experience addiction or dependance issues related to alcohol and drugs, taking the first step can seem daunting. After all, you may have struggled with these issues for years, which means they’ve become a familiar way of life for you.

It’s always possible to make a positive change in your life, particularly when you’re motivated to do so. You will also have a much better chance of success when you know what to expect from the process. Here are a few things you can do to kickstart your recovery and make your way towards sober living.

Recognize That You Have a Problem

It can be easy to overlook addiction and dependance issues, especially if you’re a “functioning” addict. However, looking deep inside yourself can help you determine the scope and extent of the problem. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Have you ever been arrested because of alcohol or drugs?
  • Is it hard for you to maintain relationships with others?
  • Do you continue to use substances even after you say you don’t want to?
  • Have you experienced health issues because of substance abuse?
  • Do you try to quit and find yourself unsuccessful?

Answering yes to these questions may indicate a problem with drugs or alcohol.

Seek Out the Proper Support

Once you determine there is a problem, the next step is to find support that works for you. If you’re physically addicted to a substance, you may need to go through medically assisted detox to ensure your safety. Detox can help limit unpleasant withdrawal effects and avoid complications.

Next, consider whether inpatient or outpatient treatment works best for you. Both have their benefits, but outpatient treatment allows you to continue working and caring for your family while you receive help. A therapist or counselor can help you choose between different options. Many people also require therapy, which can treat underlying issues contributing to addiction or dependence.

Develop New Coping Mechanisms

Many people use intoxicating substances to cope with sadness and stress. Accordingly, you must find alternative coping mechanisms to take place of unhealthy ones. For instance, some people find yoga and meditation beneficial for stress relief. Others may find that helping others provides the sense of joy and fulfillment that alcohol or drugs used to. Each person’s journey is different, so you should explore different options to determine what works for you.

Having the right recovery support will also help you jumpstart your sobriety. In Albuquerque, Duke City Recovery Toolbox offers a variety of services in a kind and caring environment. From detox to behavioral therapy, our team can help you get on the right path towards sobriety. We also offer long-term and short-term addiction recovery programs to best suit many diverse needs.

Please call 505-224-9777 to discuss your needs with a kind and caring recovery specialist today. You can also contact us for more information on our services before getting started.