6 Recovery Rules You Should Always Follow from a Private Drug Detox

There are certain “rules” in life that we learn are OK to bend or even break on occasion. However, when you are in recovery at a private drug detox, there are some you should always follow. They are an important part of a proven strategy for helping you beat your addiction.

How to Stay on the Path to Better Health and Happiness
Following these rules will help ensure that your treatment is efficient and effective:

Promise yourself that you’ll make significant life changes.

      1. Beating addiction isn’t about just no longer using drugs or alcohol. That behavior is probably a symptom of deeper issues that you need to address if you want to stay clean and sober. Lasting recovery requires a transformational change in your life.

Speak the hard truths.

      1. It can be very difficult to be fully truthful when battling addiction. You might share some of what’s driving you to use drugs or alcohol, but might keep other, critically important information under wraps. Being completely honest is the best way to address the challenges you face.

Understand your triggers.

      1. Each person has particular stimuli — sights, sounds, smells, tastes — that they associate with their addiction. While you can’t necessarily steer clear of all those things, knowing what they are and how they affect you is the first step toward eliminating their power over you and the risk that they will cause you to relapse.

Be focused on the challenge.

      1. Unfortunately, there aren’t any shortcuts to recovering from an addiction. It takes time, effort, and focus. But you can do it. You’ve just got to commit to making it your top priority and then put in the work.

Be kind to yourself.

      1. Recovery is hard work, but that doesn’t mean you need to be hard on yourself. Continually thinking about the mistakes that you’ve made and the people you may have hurt is not helpful. Instead, you should do our best to treat yourself with compassion and to think upbeat, encouraging thoughts. The best way to make amends with your family and friends is to get healthy and keep working toward a happier life.

Get help when you need it.

    1. Recovering from an addiction on your own is very, very difficult. By linking arms with your counselor and loved ones, however, you can find the strength you need to make it through the process and come out the other side a changed person. Be sure to ask for help when you need it, and to accept it when it is offered.

Taking the Necessary Steps for Success
As a person who had developed a habit of breaking the rules, it can be hard to bring your behavior back into line and do what you need to do to succeed. But, once you make that mental shift, you’ll begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Contact us today at (800) 205-6107 to learn more about our private drug detox services.

Content medically reviewed by Vicky Magobet, PMHNP-BC, on October 24th, 2017.