Rapid Detox Centers In Maryland: Be the Expert. The quickest way you learn material is by being forced to teach it. I adamantly believe that you have to fake it til you make it. And I always feel less depressed after I have helped someone who is struggling with sadness. Its the twelfth step of the twelve-step program, and a cornerstone of recovery. Give and you shall receive. The best thing I can do for my brain is to find a person in greater pain than myself and to offer her my hand. If she takes it, Im inspired to stand strong, so I can pull her out of her funk. And in that process, I am often pulled out of mine.
Rapid Detox Centers In Maryland: Grab Your Security Item. Everyone needs a blankie. Okay, not everyone. Mentally ill recovering addicts like myself need a blankie, a security object to hold when they get scared or turned around. Mine is a medal of St. Therese that I carry in my purse or in pocket. Im a bit of a scrupulous, superstitious Catholic (I fit the religious OCD profile), but my medal (and St. Therese herself) give me consolation, so shes staying in my pocket or purse. She reminds me that the most important things are sometimes invisible to the eye: like faith, hope, and love. When I doubt all goodness in the worldand accuse God of a bad creation jobI simply close my eyes and squeeze the medal.
Rapid Detox Centers In Maryland: Recognize Your Triggers This might seem like a simple task, but because triggers can be absolutely anything, its important to give thoughtful consideration to people, places, social situations and any feelings that normally bring about a desire to use alcohol or drugs. Over time, many people in recovery discover triggers that they werent even aware of. Learning what your triggers are and developing the ability to recognize them ahead of time will help to offset the difficulties of cravings.
Rapid Detox Centers In Maryland: Find Sober Friends. You cannot keep spending time with the people you used to drink or use drugs with. No matter how much they may say that they support you in your sobriety, the fact is that they do not. Some may be paying lip service to this, but even those who really do think it is a good thing that you have gotten sober do not really support it, because by the fact of their own continued substance abuse they are essentially headed in the opposite direction from the one you have chosen for yourself. Furthermore, even if your time with these people does not include times when they are getting high or drunk, there is a chance that being around these people will have a tendency to restimulate your own memories and make you experience cravings. No amount of sentimentality is worth your sobriety, your health and happiness in the years ahead.
Rapid Detox Centers In Maryland: Find New Activities. When you were an addict, your life most likely revolved around drinking or getting high. The times when you werent actually engaged in substance abuse were probably dominated by thoughts of how you would get your next fix, and you likely had everything arranged around making it possible for you to do so. What will you do with your time now? Addiction has left a vacuum in your life, and now is the time for you to fill that vacuum with something constructive, engaging and enjoyable. Find a new hobby, start volunteering, pursue education that will help you further your career, or do anything else which will set your new life on the right path.
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