Do you want the good news or the bad news first? The good news, right? The good news is that you’ve been through rehab and you are finally on the other side; clean, sober and ready to take control of your life again.
However, if you ignore the bad news then you’re setting yourself up for failure and the bad news is that those cravings are not going to go away for a long time. So what can you do to make sure that your hard work isn’t the first step in an endless game of snakes and ladders with addiction?
- Avoid your old hangouts and old friends. This isn’t easy and it can be very tempting to fall off the wagon just once and tell yourself that you can handle your problem and get straight back to your drug-free life afterwards. How did you start taking drugs or drinking? Just one hit or shot, right? That’s how you’ll slip back.
- Enlist the help of your family. If there’s a history and culture of substance abuse at home either with your partner or spouse or even ingrained from your parents’ drug addiction then it may be time for you to help them as much as you need for them to help you. Having rehab buddies to fight the cravings can be an enormous help.
- Focus on the bad times. How often do you see that phrase in any self-help advice? However, when it comes to beating addiction and conquering cravings, going over what you have lost through chemical dependency can be helpful. If you lost your job, home and loved ones through being the person you were, remember the person that you are now is capable of building a new life and building bridges with those they hurt.