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In my own Christian Science practice I have witnessed powerful examples of individuals seeking a way out of substance abuse and finding spiritual and practical resources for recovery and stabilization in working hand in hand. Many people are seeking a way out of the darkness of addiction and loneliness, and thousands of individuals, institutions, centers unite in providing resources for healing and recovery. Love is a healing power which is not hidden from anyone. Mary Baker Eddy noted in regard to her own recovery from prolonged illness: "The uplifting of spirit was the upbuilding of the body."
How to overcome addiction
by Adam Cook
No one plans to become an addict. Somewhere down the line, a few drinks every day or the occasional use of recreational drugs spirals out of control and becomes a full-blown habit. At some point you may realize that you want better for yourself and a life of addiction is no longer for you. Climbing out of the pit of addiction is hard, but it can be done. Acknowledging you have a problem is a great start, but what you do after that is what determines your success. If you want to reclaim your life and become a healthier, happier version of you, here are a few tips to help you do so.
Decide to make a change
This can be the most difficult step because your mind and body seem to be pulled in different directions. Feeling like you are torn between your addiction and the path to sobriety is completely normal, but you have to realize that you do have what it takes to quit. When you decide to break away from your addiction you are going to have to make a few abrupt changes. You will have to evaluate how you deal with stress, change the people and places you frequent, and you will have to change how you view yourself. Be gentle with yourself because recovery takes time, motivation and support.
If you failed at addiction recovery in the past, think about what worked for you and what didn’t. Also write down a list of why you want to quit and how quitting will benefit you. Ask yourself how your drug use affects your loved ones and what your recovery will mean to them? Use the answers to these questions as a light when you feel yourself straying away from the path of sobriety.
Identify your support system
Chances are while you were using, your relationship with your family became estranged. Now that you have committed to sobriety, let your family know that their support during this trying time is needed for your success. When you face challenges, it is the job of your support system to help steer you back on track. They are there to give you words of encouragement and to uplift you. They will also help you avoid the pitfalls of temptation. If your family or support team has had a hard time grappling with your addiction in the past, now would be the time for them to self educate to get a deeper understanding of what addiction is and how they can help you overcome it. There are many options available for therapies and support groups for the families of those battling addiction.
Explore your treatment options
One of the most effective ways to beat addiction is to use the help of a rehabilitation center. As you explore you options and whether you want to commit to an inpatient or outpatient facility, it is important to note that not all treatments work for everyone. Everyone’s needs are different and the treatment you receive should be customized to fit your specific needs. Look for a treatment center that addresses your drug abuse and your overall life, including relationships, health and your psychological well being. An exceptional rehab center will delve into your personal issues, such as what led you to using drugs or alcohol in the first place. It is important to address your addiction from the root in order to give you advice and new coping mechanisms to move forward in a healthier manner.
Once you decide to overcome your addiction, it is important that you follow through. Don’t give up at the first sign of trouble. It will not be easy, but your recovery is well worth the fight. Your best life is ahead of you as long as you stay the course!
Who is writing?
In my work as Christian Science practitioner and writer I draw on listening to God and listening to people.
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