Advice to Kick The Habit of Addiction
Sobriety is within your reach
Recognizing that you have an addiction is the first step to getting help and to kicking the habit. While there have been many programs designed to help people overcome their addictions, a treatment program that relies on scientific research and that focuses on the whole person, using a holistic approach, can be the most effective way to break free from the cycle and habit of addiction. Whether you are in treatment now or have recently finished a program, the tips below can help you end the cycle of addiction.
Focus on Diet
Research by Dr. Ernest Noble and Dr. Kenneth Blum, among others, found that drug abuse damages the rewards system in the brain. A key way to focus on restoring the brain’s reward system and on undoing the damage caused by addiction is to pay attention what you eat while in recovery and afterwards. Your diet can help or hinder your mood, depending on what you eat. Research has shown that avoiding high-glycemic foods, such as simple carbs and sugars, can not only help the brain restore itself, but can also help your entire body feel better during recovery. Certain foods have also been shown to raise dopamine levels in the body, an important part of breaking the habit of addiction.
Paying attention to your diet can help you beat addiction by improving how you feel, along with providing your body with the nutrition it needs to heal itself. When your diet is high in nutrients and fiber, you feel satiated and aren’t likely to confuse feelings of hunger with cravings for drugs. Plus, learning to eat a healthy diet helps you avoid transferring one addiction for another, and can help you avoid the weight gain that is common in some people as they overcome their addictions.
Getting support, from loved ones, from medical professionals, and from people going through the same thing, can help you break the habit of addiction, too. You might find support in a number of places. For example, therapy, either individual or group sessions, during your treatment and afterwards, can help you rebuild your self esteem and confidence.
With the help of a family therapist or psychologist, you can see who are you without the drugs or alcohol and get on the path to rebuilding your life. Speaking with people who are currently working through their own addictions can also help you. Getting your family members on board, and either having them attend their own therapy sessions or attending sessions together, can help you all be on the same page, working towards the same goal.
Try the 12 Steps
Originally developed in the 1930s as part of the Alcoholics Anonymous program, the 12 steps have been used in a number of addiction recovery treatment programs ever since, including ones that also involve a medical and scientific component. Following the 12 steps, which include admitting that you have an addiction, accepting that there is a higher power who can help you, and reaching out to those you have harmed with your addiction, can help you cope with the spiritual and psychological damage that addiction can cause.
A regular yoga practice can do a lot to help you stay on the path to recovery, both when you are in treatment and afterwards. For one thing, yoga not only focuses on improving your physical well-being by building your strength and improving your flexibility, it also focuses on improving your spiritual and psychological well-being, through breathing exercises, and by encouraging you to increase your awareness and mindfulness.
Just as the foods you eat can help improve dopamine levels in the brain and help with the recovery process, a regular yoga practice can also help raise dopamine levels, restoring the brain back to health. Yoga can also help you cope with stress throughout the day, so that you are less likely to want to turn to drugs when the going gets tough. Even if you don’t have time for a full 30 minutes or hour of yoga, you can practice a few breathing exercises when you feel your stress levels start to rise.
Getting rid of addiction for good involves paying attention to how you feel and focusing on ways to improve your health, without turning to drugs. A healthy diet, regular yoga and exercise routine, and the support of those around you will go a long way towards helping you overcome an addiction.