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When you are addicted once, you may beat the addiction, but you are forever an addict regardless of the type of addiction you are facing. This is something that even those who have been sober for twenty years will agree because most twelve-step programs also teach this. This lesson is supposed to illustrate one thing – no matter if it’s your first day of sobriety from whatever addiction you held, or if it’s your twentieth year, the fall from grace back into that addiction can happen immediately. It can happen due to a lapse of judgement or being off your guard.
This is important to know. It can keep you guarded to avoid following back into old destructive habits. Understanding of your trigger points is essential. It can also help you apply anti-addiction measures that work, perhaps even considering some that you have yet to try. In fact, doing this could potentially give you the means to overcome, and move forward to the best future you have planned for yourself. This could help elevate your mood and give you confidence when trying to tackle your worst habits for good.
With the following advice, we hope to help you reach that point:
Hypnosis may not seem like a legitimate activity on the surface, as we are often prone to thinking about cartoons and silly movie situations that have depicted this practice in a comical light. However, hypnosis, such as the services offered at this website, can help you become influenced towards certain ideas, help you reflect more deeply, remain under the guide of someone trustworthy able to talk these ideas through with you, and it also gives you a period to express yourself. This could be healthy, and may surprise you in how effective it could be.
Connecting & Communication
Talk therapy is part of any important healing process, and this simple fact can often go unnoticed or even avoided. Without the ability to write or talk about your problems, they will stay locked up forever. Because of this, you may find it difficult to truly express your problems as you should be doing. If you don’t face your problems, you cannot learn tools to combat your addiction or craving. Additionally, connection and communication can help you actually bring those thoughts out into the open rather than allow them to simply buzz around your mind and turn into cravings. As new thinking suggests – the cure for addiction is not solely sobriety, but figure out what is moving you toward addiction and staying away from those triggers.
A New Venture
A new venture, something that enraptures you fully, can be worthwhile to focus on. Many people who have fallen into the throes of addiction can often use that repetitive energy towards something constructive if they find it. It’s not uncommon for ex-addicts to become completely engaged with art, or with a certain type of work, or with self-improvements such as running marathons and half-marathons, for example. A new undertaking matters, and it could give you the means to remain careful and appreciative of your new lease on life.
These are just some ideas to help you in sobriety. Please seek professional help to continue with sobriety or learn how to be come sober. Visit the National Helpline website here. SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. Call 800-662-4357