Accepting that you need help for your addiction, whether this is related to alcoholism, a drug addiction, or an addiction to a behaviour such as gambling, is a big step. Ultimately, you’re making the decision to take back control of your life and you should be proud of yourself.
There are a range of things you can do yourself to help stay abstinent, as well as accessing professional addiction support to ensure you stay on track. Here, we provide tips on how you can reach sobriety and abstinence, and explore the specialist addiction treatment that’s available to you.
Tips for Sobriety and Abstinence
Committing to becoming sober or abstinent means that you need to change your behaviour; recovery is something that takes time and effort. There are a number of steps you can take to help yourself as you start on this journey.
Tell someone you want to get better and ask for their support
Once you’ve made the decision to take steps to overcome your addiction, it’s a good idea for you to share this with a close friend or family member. They can help you in your recovery and act as a sounding board if you’re finding things tough.
Keep reminding yourself of the reasons why you want to change
Keep reinforcing to yourself why you want to make this change and take steps towards recovery. There will be temptations along the road, but if you stay focused on why you’re trying to get better, this can help you keep going. Your reasons might include wanting to become a better friend, spouse, parent and colleague, and being more present and active in your loved ones’ lives. It could be because you want to be better physically.
Whatever your personal drivers are, keep reminding yourself of these, especially if you’re finding abstinence difficult at any point.
Set specific goals for yourself
It can also be useful for you to set specific and measurable goals for yourself along your road to recovery. An example might be managing to save a certain amount of money due to not buying alcohol or spending it on gambling apps. When you reach these goals, it can provide a handy boost to your self-esteem and encourage you to keep going.
Learn ways to cope with stress
Stress can be a huge trigger for addictive behaviours. That’s why it’s really important that you learn healthier ways to cope with stress instead of relying on your old vices. You could learn techniques such as meditation or mindfulness, or consider joining a yoga class to help channel your stress more effectively.
Remove temptations and avoid places that could trigger you
If you want to recover from a substance or behavioural addiction, it’s important that you start by removing temptations from your life. For example, make sure there isn’t any alcohol in the house and delete any gaming, gambling or shopping apps that you’ve become addicted to.
It’s also important that you avoid going to places and engaging in activities that you know will trigger you. If you want to stop drinking, then it’s a good idea to avoid going to places where you can buy and/or consume alcohol.
Seek specialist treatment
Overcoming addiction and achieving lifelong recovery often requires professional support. At Manor Clinic, our 28-day Addiction Treatment Programme offers you the chance to spend some time away from the stress of daily life to really get your addiction under control.
We can provide a comprehensive detox process if you’re addicted to alcohol or drugs, as well as expert addiction therapy delivered by our world class team of addiction specialists.
Understanding Addiction Withdrawal
Withdrawal is the process your body goes through when you stop drinking alcohol or taking drugs. If you’ve been consuming these substances for a long time or in large quantities, it’s likely that your body will have become used to having them in your system. Therefore, when you suddenly stop taking them, this can cause you to experience a range of withdrawal symptoms. These can be unpleasant and even dangerous.
That’s why it’s so important that you don’t go ‘cold turkey’ on your own, and that you get professional help with your withdrawal. During detox at Manor Clinic, we’ll help you to come off alcohol and drugs in a controlled environment. We’ll be able to manage your withdrawal symptoms using carefully controlled medication and can provide 24-hour support to make sure you’re safe and comfortable.
Support for Addictions
As well as accessing professional treatment for your addiction, there is a lot of support available for both you and your family as you navigate life in recovery.
Fellowship groups and meetings
We encourage people to join fellowship meetings when they’re trying to overcome their addiction. These include organisations such as:
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
- Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
- Cocaine Anonymous (CA)
- Gamblers Anonymous (GA)
- Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA)
Plus many more depending on the type of addiction you’ve been struggling with. These communities, full of like-minded people, can be beneficial in your recovery as it gives you the chance to meet with people who are in the same boat as you. This means you can support each other and offer words of advice and encouragement.
At Manor Clinic, we provide free aftercare for life following our Addiction Treatment Programme. This includes a weekly aftercare group that runs for a full day each week, 24-hour telephone support and annual alumni events.
It’s so important that you engage with aftercare once you’ve completed addiction treatment, as this can help you stay on track and focused on your recovery. Again, it gives you the chance to spend time with other people who are also in recovery and really build on the skills you learned during treatment.
Family and friends
Family and friends can also be a really strong source of support during addiction recovery. One of the worst things you can do when you’re trying to recover from an addiction is to bottle things up. That’s why it’s so important to check in with them regularly about how you’re doing and let them know if you’re struggling. These people love you and will want to help you if you’re having a difficult time. They’ll be able to offer words of encouragement and support you to stay on track with your abstinence.
Start a new hobby
For some people, going through addiction recovery can be a great time to start a new hobby or activity. This could be something that you enjoy or have always wanted to try. For example, you could learn to play an instrument, volunteer for a cause you’re passionate about or join a book club. Not only will this help to distract you from any temptations or challenges you might face on your road to recovery, but it also opens up the opportunity for you to meet new people and form new, supportive friendships.
Support for Families
Addiction doesn’t just impact the person with the addictive behaviours. It can also have a huge impact on their family, friends, loved ones and others who care about or depend upon them. That’s why we offer a comprehensive family programme at Manor Clinic. This includes family therapy sessions and gives you and your family the chance to discuss the ways that your addiction has impacted everyone involved, and how you can strengthen relationships moving forwards.
Family support groups
As well as engaging in family sessions that are offered as part of our Addiction Treatment Programme, it’s also a good idea for family and loved ones to look at other support groups that they could benefit from. These might include things like Al-Anon and Alateen. These groups will give you the chance to meet other people who have been impacted by their loved one’s addiction, and learn ways to help them in their recovery and move forwards together in a positive way.
By accessing professional help for your addiction and engaging in the support that’s available to you, you can take steps towards and strong and lasting recovery.
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