I Am Addicted 2

Coping and support

Posted on: May 12, 2011


Overcoming an addiction and staying drug-free requires a lot of effort. Learning new coping skills and knowing where to find help are essential. Here are some steps you may want to consider:
See a therapist. Drug addiction is linked to a number of problems that may be helped with counseling (psychotherapy). You may have other underlying mental health concerns that need to be addressed; or you may have marriage or family problems you need to work through. Therapy may help you regain your peace of mind and mend your relationships.
Join a support group. Support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous can be very effective in coping with addiction. Compassion, understanding and shared experiences can help you break your addiction and stay drug-free. You may find support groups in your community, and there are also several available on the Internet.
Seek treatment for other mental health disorders. Because people with other mental health problems, such as depression, are more likely to become addicted to drugs, seek immediate treatment from a qualified mental health professional if you have any signs or symptoms of mental illness.

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