How to Come to Terms with Your Drug Use

How to Come to Terms with Your Drug Use

Coming to terms with your drug use is an important step toward addiction recovery

Coming to terms with the fact that you have a drug problem can be a tough process, but accepting that you need help is a brave and admirable step. Asking for help can open the door for many positive and affirming life experiences. Once you accept that you have a problem, you are finally free to find a solution. As you find this solution to your drug use, you will discover many new things about yourself. Most importantly you will learn that you are a strong and capable individual who does not need drugs in order to cope with the hardships of life.
You will learn that the fleeting pleasures and comforts of using opiates or other substances are only an imitation of true joy. Sobriety offers you the fulfillment you seek in a much richer way than drug use ever will. In order to reach this full, rich life, you must first acknowledge that your drug use is negatively affecting your life. The next step is to seek help. Your friends and family can offer you support and love, but the most effective help, the help that can bring you to a true and lasting recovery, is professional addiction treatment from a quality rehab center.

What Does the Road to Recovery Look Like?

Coming to terms with your drug use begins with ending denial about the scope and effects of your drug use. The International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals1 explains, “Addiction and the issues that brought you to this point cannot be addressed until you obtain a clear picture of reality.” This does not mean you have to hit rock bottom. You can learn to see reality long before you have to reach any dramatic point or consequence. Ending denial involves recognizing the effects of your addiction on yourself and on others. Ending denial means being one step closer to coming to terms with your drug use. As you begin to recognize reality and the impact your drug use has, you can take the following steps:

• Realize change is absolutely necessary due to the many consequences of addiction
• Accept that you cannot make this change alone, that you need guidance
• Willingly accept help from friends, family and professionals
• Through treatment discover the root cause of your addiction and how drugs are not the answer
• Learn how to cope with your struggles in positive, healthy ways
• Look forward to a bright future of sobriety

Coming to terms with your drug use may be a struggle, but it is also the beginning of many positive changes in your life. These changes will give you a new start and allow you to be your best self. You can be proud of yourself as you make the decision to get sober and start to work toward your goal of recovery.

Need Help Finding High-Quality Drug Addiction Treatment?

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction and coming to terms with drug use, please know that support is available. We can help you find the best addiction treatment for yourself or a loved one. Our toll-free number is available 24 hours a day, so it’s always the right time to call. We are always ready to help; please feel free to call us any time. “Task 1: Breaking through Denial.” International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals. 17 Sep 2015. Web. 23 May 2016.