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Decide to make a change

Overcoming drug addiction:

Decide to make a change

For many people struggling with addiction, the toughest step toward recovery is the very first one: deciding to make a change. It’s normal to feel uncertain about whether you’re ready to make a change, or if you have what it takes to quit. It’s okay if you’re torn. Committing to sobriety involves changing many things, including:

  • the way you deal with stress

  • who you allow in your life

  • what you do in your free time

  • how you think about yourself

It’s also normal to feel conflicted about giving up your drug of choice, even when you know it’s causing problems in your life. Recovery requires time, motivation, and support, and it’s okay to consider your situation before you make the commitment to change.

Thinking about change

  • Keep track of your drug use, including when and how much you use. This will give you a better sense of the role the addiction is playing in your life.

  • List the pros and cons of quitting, as well as the costs and benefits of continuing your drug abuse.

  • Consider the things that are important to you, such as your partner, your kids, your pets, your career, or your health. How does your drug use affect those things?

  • Ask someone you trust about their feelings on your drug use.

  • Ask yourself if there’s anything preventing you from changing. What could help you make the change?

Preparing for change: 5 key steps to addiction recovery
  1. Remind yourself of the reasons you want to change.

  2. Think about your past attempts at recovery, if any. What worked? What didn’t?

  3. Set specific, measurable goals, such as a start date or limits on your drug use.

  4. Remove reminders of your addiction from your home, workplace, and other places you frequent.

  5. Tell friends and family that you’re committing to recovery, and ask for their support.

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