Crystal meth addiction is dangerous and recovery is difficult. According to studies, relapse generally occurs between seven to 10 months post-rehab in approximately 80 percent of recovering addicts. This does not necessarily mean a relapse will lead to addiction but it makes it more likely given the highly addictive properties found in meth. There are ten steps an individual can take to avoid a relapse which might possibly save one’s life.
- Make being drug free a priority. All else pales in comparison to being drug free. Addiction recovery is important for an individual and family, friends and coworkers. A career cannot exist if addiction is the primary aim, in fact, nothing will last long if relapse occurs and turns back into addiction.
- Maintain distance from people, places or activities associated with drug use. Certain people or places can trigger a desire to use meth with temptation proving too much for some people. It is best to avoid them altogether.
- Create an action plan. When temptation is unavoidable, have steps in place to know where to go, who to speak with or what to do in order to avoid relapse. A sponsor, mentor, friend or peer are good people to have on speed dial.
- Exercise and eat healthy. Taking care of one’s body is important. Working out can build the body and mind as well as prepare it to handle stress more effectively. When a person is in good health, relapse is less likely to happen.
- Practice spiritual self care. Focusing on obtaining drugs is a negative aspect of people’s lives. A positive aspect is to prepare one’s mind through spiritual exploration via books, meditation or other ways to encourage mindfulness and quiet time as self care.
- Find new friends. Peer groups are a great way to build a support network. Not only are individuals in recovery great friends but pursuing new hobbies and activities with them helps build self esteem, confidence and trust for when temptation arises.
- Aftercare treatment matters. Choose counseling, group therapy, personal therapy, 12-step meetings or other treatments to stay actively involved in a treatment process after rehab. This will reinforce dedication to recovery and the principles taught in rehab as they are relevant to life on the outside.
- Don’t touch. Never allow any drug paraphernalia to pass through one’s hands. Staying clean and sober means no other illegal substances of any kind to help keep focused on recovery.
- Make a life plan. With focus away from using crystal meth, dreams may come to the fore. Find a new job or place to live. Learn to spend time with kids, family or friends neglected during active addiction and create spaces for new hobbies to emerge. A plan for recovery includes small steps taken with great intention.
- Celebrate! Any victory, no matter how small, should be celebrated. Whether it is avoiding relapse, acknowledging milestones in sobriety or creating a positive atmosphere for recovery, recognize them and celebrate wildly!
Meth addiction does not have to be fought alone. If you suspect yourself, a friend or family member needs help overcoming an addiction, contact Hired Power at 800-910-9299.
Trained counselors, therapists, and sober companions are available to answer questions and provide support.