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Addiction is a modern disease, changing its victim’s brain and behavior. It has become widespread that nearly one out ten people in the world are addicted to illegal drugs or alcohol. Families with addicts often worry that one day they’ll get a phone call saying that the person they loved is either in jail, in the hospital, or dead.

If you are among the millions of people suffering from the shackles of addiction or know someone who is, how can you quit? What if you don’t have money? Are there ways to quit addiction without spending thousands on rehabilitation programs?

Can Drug Addiction Be Cured?

Short answer: Yes.

Long answer: Addiction to a certain substance can be cured, but relapse is a possibility. Relapse can occur on a different substance, or can even be an activity.

When people asked if it can be cured, then it must be an illness. This is true. Addiction can also be a choice, but it’s as much a choice as choosing to hang out with someone who has a cold. It’s a choice first, then the matter of choice disappears then before you know it, you’re inflicted with a chronic disease.

Addiction causes changes in the brain’s processes and chemistry. At first, the substance is something we like, then as we are driven into the substance by stresses and triggers, the substance becomes something we want, then eventually, need. IT gets to a point where the person cannot function without the substance. Fortunately building the right perspectives and developing skills and habits can cure someone of it.

How to Stop Drug Addiction

There are many methods out there. Some are free, some can be done on your own, others will cost you but have bonafide results. There are procedures that rapidly detox your body and programs that basically reprogram your brain, helping it function and perceive things normally.

How to Quit Addiction Without Money

Just like body-building, you can go to a gym and use their equipment, or you can do it on your own using your own weight. For treating drug addiction, there are centers that help you rehabilitate, which are suited more for severe addictions, but for people who can still function somewhat without it, but want to stop, these are the methods:

  • Cold Turkey

Considered to be the worst way to quit an addiction, with high risks of relapse or failure. This is often what addicts have to go through when their supplies and source of supplies, run out. Though it’s the least favored method, successfully enduring the withdrawal phase provides strong, positive results that last.

Cold turkey involves simply dropping the drug and never taking them again. Addicts will experience withdrawal symptoms as early as six hours after stopping, with the entire process stretching as long as a month. On average, the withdrawal phase lasts two weeks. Symptoms include migraines, shivering, anxiety, insomnia, and diarrhea. To some people, the bodily symptoms can be endured, but the true challenge is the psychological effects such as irritability, anxiety, and aggression which can lead to very bad decisions.

One way to mitigate the psychological symptoms is to replace it with an activity that you would enjoy and will take up most of your brain. Many recommend working out. Going out to exercise releases feel-good chemicals that reduce the psychological effects, provided you can push through with it.

  • Tapering

The most favored way of beating the nasty habit. Tapering can potentially help you quit without suffering withdrawal symptoms. However, it requires dedication and consistency, lots of it.

Tapering is slowly reducing the amount of substance you take over a period of time. For example, if you drink five glasses of alcohol a day, you reduce it to four for a week or two, then three on the next week or two, and so on.

Some people seek a quicker result, cutting the substance intake in half every week. They still experience withdrawal but on a smaller scale. The point is to reduce the amount you take, then let your body get used to it, then repeat the process until the last week involves not taking in any substance.

Managing a tapering program requires more planning than going cold turkey. It requires a way to avoid cheating, either by sheer willpower or by having someone control the dosage for you. The withdrawal symptoms can still cause anxiety, so it’s important to prepare activities that would occupy you.

  • Joining 12-Step Programs

They are commonly known as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Some of them don’t require payment and instead, asks for donations or sponsors. All you have to do is find the meeting place most convenient for you and go there during the designated meeting time.

Some people believe that these groups are cults because the program revolves around accepting a higher power, which always appears religious in nature. Some do cater to religious people, but others accept anyone. As long as the fundamental points are followed, the program will work.

You can join whenever you want, go whenever you want and leave whenever you want. If you’re lucky, someone may sponsor your recovery program.

How to Treat Drug Addiction At Home

Before you start either the cold turkey or tapering method, there are a few things you should do to improve your chances of successful recovery. Some people may find these steps unnecessary, but doing them can cause an effect that can last.

  • Write Down The Reason Why You Want to Quit

First, list the negative effects down. Write as much as possible, even the ones that happened once, but you remembered. Even if it gets repetitive, as long as you think it’s worth writing down, do it. After writing the bad stuff, list down all positive effects you’ll get when you successfully quit. Consider these the rewards you’ll obtain once you go through the entire thing, which can help motivate you.

Finally, write your quitting commitment. Choose items from the list you made that affects or will affect you the most. Make these the compelling reasons why you should quit.

  • Start your plan

This where you write how you’re going to do it. Inform family members and friends that you’re quitting. If they can help you, all the better. If you’re going cold turkey, set the date when you’ll stop, prepare the things you’ll take or do to mitigate withdrawals and any measures in case of emergency. For tapering, plan out how much you’ll reduce for how long. Then, set strategies on how you can keep yourself from cheating.

If you can get professional support or advice, even better. Physicians can give you medicine that can help mitigate withdrawal. This, however, may not be free nor inexpensive.

  • Identify what causes you to take your substance

Find out what triggers you. Is it work? Is it going to certain places? Or due to a certain someone? It would be good if you manage to find a way to avoid your triggers, but as long as you know them, you can ready yourself when you’re about to face them.

  • Make your home a better place

A cluttered mind is easy to crumble. Clean your house, remove stuff that can cause negativity and fill your home with things that make you feel comfortable. Address things in your environment that would make you worry. A clean place makes for a clean mind, which helps clean the body.

  • Start the program

With a plan ready, your thoughts written on paper to help remind you, your family and friend aware, triggers addressed or at least known, and your environment as comfortable as possible, you can start. If you must go cold turkey, make sure you have a way to get through it. If you choose to have a professional help you, (there are professionals who do house calls), make sure fulfill everything they advise and tell them when you can’t.

How to Recover From Drug Addiction

Apart from methods you can do in your home and on your own, there are other methods you can do, especially if you have health insurance. Thanks to the affordable healthcare act, most health insurance have coverage for drug rehabilitation. It’s not completely free, but they can cover 30% to 80% of the fees.

One type of procedure is clinical detox. You’ll undergo either a series of multiple procedures that force the body to detox, or one big procedure known as rapid detox. By cleaning your body of the substance’s traces, your body can quickly adjust back to being normal, potentially dodging withdrawal symptoms. The problem here is that your habits and behaviors remain untouched, so there’s a high likelihood of relapse.

Another is going to a rehab center and signing up for their 1-3 month programs. You’ll take residence in their homes, get round the clock care, controlled diets, and medications. These places also offer recreation and programs that help you ease your way back into healthy living.

Finally, once you’re successful in your program, your last and perhaps longest battle will be against relapse. Addiction is hardwired into your brain and you have to counter it with your own learned habits and skills. As long as you have the fortitude and the right mindset, your battles will not be difficult.

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