The first step on the road to recovery from an addiction to drugs or alcohol is admitting that you need help. The next step is moving forward with your decision and putting a stop to your substance abuse. However, that’s often easier said than done. After using drugs or alcohol in excess for a prolonged period of time, the body goes through withdrawals when you stop using.
The effects of withdrawal can include a wide variety of symptoms, ranging from mild physical discomfort to severe pain; and in the most severe cases, withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous. It’s because of these side effects that so many people end up giving in and start using drugs or alcohol again. By using, the discomfort that they are experiencing is eased; however, using also restarts the cycle of addiction.
Your goal is to abstain from using substances. So how can you successfully get through the anguish of withdrawal without giving in and using? Here’s a look at some tips that will help you prepare for dealing with this first and most crucial step on your journey to recovery.