Without rehab, how can I maintain good health with stimulant addiction?
Stimulants are a group of drugs that increase activity in the body, improving mood, increasing heart rate and blood pressure and raising awareness and alertness. Sometimes called “uppers,” common stimulants include methamphetamine, cocaine and Ritalin. While they were once used to treat respiratory illnesses and other problems such as obesity and nervous disorders, they have been mostly phased out of approved use because of their potential for addiction. Today, many people face the long-term effects of stimulant addiction and are looking for a way out of their problem.
Many people turn to inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation as a solution to good health. Rehab programs allow people to be in a safe environment with people who are in a similar situation as them. They can meet with counselors and find the support that they need. However, these programs can be pricey and require the loss of a great deal of freedom. They may not be the right choice for everyone or may not be feasible for some. Others may attend rehab for a while but then return to their normal lives. Thankfully, there are several tips for those who do not want to attend rehab but want to maintain good health after stimulant addiction
Firstly, one should find a mentor or someone responsible to turn to in a crisis. During stimulant addiction many people turn to drugs in order to feel good about themselves, to forget their troubles or to raise their self-esteem. When these feelings of discouragement hit, each individual should have a reliable person to whom they can turn who will be on his or her side. A mentor can talk through problems with the individual and should be available by phone or in person day or night. Often it is good to find a mentor who is not a close family member.
Secondly, individuals struggling with stimulant addiction can join a support group for those who are recovering. Although this will not be a true outpatient rehab group, he or she will be able to meet with others who are going through the same issues and will be able to gain some real-world guidance. A support group will also provide weekly accountability as the person tries to remain clean and free from stimulant addiction.
Thirdly, the individuals must avoid triggers. A trigger is someone or something that causes a person to turn to stimulants for relief. For example, the individual should stay away from the people with whom he or she used to do drugs or who supplied the drug during the stimulant addiction debacle. Other triggers could include certain bars or nighttime hotspots and environments where the individual used to abuse the drug. Part of avoiding triggers is realizing what caused the craving for the drug in the first place and avoiding that scenario.
As part of controlling triggers, the individual will need to start new habits and find new hobbies. He or she will need to replace the time that used to be spent abusing the drug with more constructive activities, such as gardening, model car building, music, reading, collecting or woodworking. Another important step is to learn to control stress without turning to the drug. What is helpful to many is to become involved in someone else’s life, such as by volunteering at a food shelf, library or community center.
Breaking any drug addiction can be a long and difficult process. However, with the proper support network and a realization of what caused the stimulant addiction in the first place, a person can regain good health and break the addiction even without attending rehab. Those who need help breaking an addiction or who need their questions answered should contact us today.