Actionable Steps to Quit an Addiction

VWB Blog 1 year ago 4

Addiction is devastating because it affects multiple parts of a person’s life. Once people recognize the harm their addiction has done to them and those around them, they may be more open to quitting and living a drug- or substance-free life. Quitting an addiction is challenging because it affects the brain’s frontal cortex and reward center, which is why a plan is extremely important. Below, we discuss actionable steps you can take if you are trying to quit an addiction.

Prepare to Quit

Although some people can do it, quitting suddenly is only feasible for some people. Having a plan on how to quit works well as an alternative, and it requires that you consider what you would need to do to begin the process.

For some people, eliminating triggers that make them likely to use is a significant first step. Getting professional help can be a central part of quitting an addiction. Inpatient addiction treatment is an excellent option because a lot of evidence shows that quitting with a medical professional’s help leads to better outcomes.

It is important to remember that everyone’s experience will be different, as everyone’s addiction is, too. You can do a few things to improve your addiction treatment experience and ensure a productive outcome. Most of these things relate to the relationships you create with those providing the support you need.

Set a Date

Setting a date is a part of your planning, but it bears special mention. Many people find that they can start their journey to recovery if they set a date to begin their journeys. Picking a meaningful date like an anniversary, birthday, or other special event helps tremendously.

Change Your Environment

An important part of addiction recovery is avoiding things, people, and situations that can trigger a craving by reminding you of your addiction. Get rid of all items like bottle openers, alcohol, corkscrews, or wine glasses if you are trying to quit alcohol. Do the same for other addictions, including gambling and substance abuse.

Next, consider changing your routines. For example, you could change your routine if it involved going to a restaurant or bar where you would drink after work. You might also want to avoid people and situations such as events that are likely to lead to alcohol, drug, or substance abuse.

Distract Yourself

Distractions are great for helping addicts distance themselves from temptations and cravings that lead to relapses. Planning for these distractions early is important so you know what to do if you have an urge or craving. Many people go for a walk, read a book, watch a show, or call someone when they feel an urge or crave.

Find Support

A support network is crucial when trying to quit an addiction. Let the people close to you know you are quitting and ask them whether they can provide the support you need when you need it.

Addiction is a complex subject which is why it takes a lot to quit an addiction. However, doing so can be less challenging with a plan and the right help. Talk to friends, family, and medical professionals for help and solutions that will make things manageable.

Head over to The Hader Clinic to find out more about addiction treatment.

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