Do you have a problem with addiction? Whether its drugs or alcohol, know that you’re not alone in your situation. According to statistics, about 5% of Quebecers aged 15 and over have an excessive use of drugs and alcohol. Fortunately, there are ways to cope. Here are some tips to help you regain control of your life.
Know the problem and want to fix it
The first step in overcoming addiction is to realize that you have a problem of consumption and want to fix it. Indeed, as long as you have not admitted to having a problem of overconsumption, you will not be able to get away.
To help you measure the severity of the situation, list all the negative aspects that your overconsumption has on your life, including:
- The financial and professional problems that this brings you: does your consumption prevent you from paying certain bills or from doing your job properly?
- A deterioration of your health and the quality of your relationship with your loved ones: it may be that your consumption takes up all the space in your life and causes you serious emotional and health problems.
- A feeling of loss of control: You may feel that it is drugs or alcohol that controls you, not the other way around.
- A feeling of sadness and depression that accompanies the return to normal after eating.
- A loss of motivation to perform certain activities of daily life or who once passionate you.
By measuring the extent of the negative effects of your addiction on your life, you will be better able to become aware of the problem and want to remedy it.
Go back to the source of the problem
To treat and cure an addiction, you need to understand in depth the motivations that drive you to consume. Most addicts and other addicts consume because they try to forget about a problem. It can be financial, professional or emotional.
By taking a substance, addicts forget their problems and feel better for a moment. In doing so, they only aggravate their case, since they do not solve their problems; they only sweep them under the carpet. Result: they come back stronger, once they have stopped consuming, and they have to face them again.
Helping an addicted person
If one of your loved ones is dealing with a problem of addiction, you can kindly try to approach the subject with him to make him aware of the problem and to suggest possible solutions. Above all, do not judge him negatively and do not lecture him. A dependent person first and foremost needs emotional support, so the best thing you can do is show that you are there for her and that you want her well.
Put together a plan and ask for professional help
Once you have learned about the problem and decided to get out of it, develop a plan that will allow you to stop using it. Set a realistic stop date and tell your loved ones that you will stop using that day.
If you feel unwell or find that it does not work, you will need to seek professional help from therapists. Although this step is not the most pleasant of all, because it involves doing a job of introspection (sometimes painful), it is often the only way to overcome an addiction. Therefore, do not hesitate to seek professional help if you need it.