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4 Ways to Be Dedicated to Change

4 Ways to Be Dedicated to Change

Whatever your drive is, once found, remember it constantly to continue with your addiction recovery

Life change is often discussed openly in addiction recovery. Such changes are important not only to stop abusing harmful substances, but also to make lasting life improvements. Positive changes create the determination to progress toward a definite goal, perhaps to get sober or to recover from other afflictions. Recovery changes imply more than just quitting substance abuse: there are specific ways people can modify their lifestyles and mentalities to make change a constant process. These four ways to be dedicated to change are intended not only to get you sober, but also to see you make positive changes.

Find Your Motivation

Motivation is the drive to continue with a process, goal or activity, and it is one of the key factors of change, because it means that people can cope with difficulties and endure negative situations in order to keep going with life. To the point, the US National Library of Medicine has researched motivation and finds that it changes over time. They further find that the response to doubts and specific goals influence the intensity of motivation, therefore its effectiveness. In other words, the way people address their problems, the more they can motivate themselves for change.

To identify a good source of motivation for your particular case, find out what moves you to stop using drugs, what makes you become a productive person or why you want to improve as a person. Your source of motivation might be the desire to have a fulfilling and happy family life, the desire for financial stability or simply to have good physical and mental health, among other things. Whatever your drive is, once found, remember it constantly to continue with your addiction recovery.

Learn About the Consequences of Substance Abuse

The consequences of substance abuse are many and of considerable degree. Perhaps one of the most commonly known dangers is that an overdose can be fatal if not treated promptly. Negative effects of constant drug use in a recreational manner are physical as well as psychological. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) explains the different effects that addiction has in different parts of the body, most particularly the brain. They state that addiction can be a brain illness, and substance abuse can lead to changes that include permanent brain damage.

Knowing that not only part of you, but that your whole body and mind can be negatively affected by drug abuse, you may find the incentive you need to be dedicated to addiction changes.

Learn About the Social and Legal Consequences

Social and legal consequences of drug addiction are somewhat common. People may become isolated from other people or activities that used to be an important part of their everyday life. Another drug addict might resort to illegal activities to continue obtaining drugs, or she might find herself in trouble after being unable to control her action while under the effects of drugs. The Office of National Drug Control Policy states that illegal drug use is responsible for antisocial behaviors that erode the potential of drug users. Such drug abuse also costs the nation billions of dollars every year. But more than legal consequences, substance abuse can impact those you love the most—your family and friends. Children are especially vulnerable when a parent or loved adult abuses drugs. However, emotional damage and family conflict can be treated when the addict seeks help.

Thinking about what sort of social and legal consequences might come if you continue abusing drugs is another good incentive to make recovery changes the ultimate goal.

Think About Your Future

Thinking about your future is also an excellent way to stick with your positive changes. Many people have leaned on support groups and shared experiences with other drug addicts who have abused drugs or alcohol. Learning about the journeys of others may save you from their fates, which means you will have a better outcome than they did. The NIDA publishes statistics on different consequences of long-term drug abuse; one of those statistics is the number of deaths by overdose and how this number has increased in recent years. There has been a significant increase of deaths related to prescription drugs—prescription drug deaths have grown by more than double in just over 10 years.

If you compare the possible results of continuing with addiction with those of recovery, then you may realize what the best path to take is. In other words, you may one day see that recovery is the only way to increase the chances of a long, productive and satisfying life.

Find the Help You Need for Addiction Recovery

There are many resources available to help you or someone you love recover from a mental health disorder or addiction. You do not even need to leave your home to learn about those options: call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline now. Our admissions coordinators will take your call and help you find the right program according to your needs. Give us a call and begin making a plan for long-lasting change.

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