From maintaining a healthy diet to making the trip to the gym regularly, self-discipline is something that everyone could have more of. For those who are struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction, it’s a skill that is especially important. Whether you are considering private opiate detox treatment, are participating now, or have completed it, there are steps you can take to boost your willpower.
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Here are some things you can do to gain better control of your thoughts and actions:
- Practice on less difficult challenges. The more you exercise your willpower, the stronger it becomes. And that includes all areas of your life. Make it a goal to exert some self-control every day. Resist the urge to have dessert. Get off the couch and go for a walk when you really don’t feel like it. Every little bit of practice helps.
- Develop self-monitoring skills. The more aware you are of how your urges are driving your behavior, the better you will be at controlling them. This includes noting your reaction to forces outside your control.
- Create reasonable objectives. Neither attaining easy goals (“I will use drugs one less time per month.”) nor missing unreasonable ones (“I will never use drugs again starting right now.”) is helpful. You need to think carefully about the objectives you set for yourself and make them challenging but achievable.
- Find ways to motivate yourself. The primary reward for having more self-control is that you don’t do things that harm you or others. However, having a secondary motivator is always a good idea. For example, you might set a goal of not going to hang out with friends today who you know will be using drugs with the payoff being that if you achieve it, you’ll treat yourself to dinner at your favorite restaurant instead.
- Work on developing a positive attitude. If you don’t believe you can succeed at showing more self-control or beating your addiction, chances are you won’t. Having a “can do” attitude can make a big difference. And, contrary to what some people will say, being positive doesn’t mean you are ignoring the truth or lying to yourself. You always have the choice of putting a positive or negative spin on any situation. You are simply choosing to be upbeat.
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While private opiate detox treatment can be very helpful as you work on beating your addiction, your self-disciple will also be a major factor in your success. With practice, you can greatly increase it. Contact us today at (800) 205-6107 to learn more about our programs.
Content reviewed by Vicky Magobet, PMHNP-BC, on July 24th, 2017.