Addiction isn’t a choice. When someone becomes addicted to drugs it is considered to be an illness, and can affect the rest of the body, not just the brain. So, once you’ve beat your addiction you’re still not completely healthy and it will take some work to continue to get well.
Most people don’t beat addiction on their own, even those that are addicted to alcohol. Your first step in getting healthy is to get off the drug you’re addicted to. Then the rest of the steps can be part of your recovery, and may even help you stay away from those bad habits and avoid falling off the wagon.
The first step in the right direction to getting over addiction and get healthy is to get help. You may need to spend some time in rehab in order to free yourself from addiction, but that isn’t the end of the help you should get either.
Once you are free of your addiction you should continue with therapy. That means attending meetings and participating in programs that will help you heal your heart and your mind, and make amends to yourself and those your addiction may have hurt.
If you had a tendency to do drugs when you were out at the bar with a certain group of friends, then you may need to cut out those friends and the time at the bar, and start some new habits that don’t drive you in that negative direction.
You may also want to stop smoking, if you tend to associate smoking with having a drink. In fact, anything that makes you normally associate with your addiction, stop it and come up with a new habit that you can associate with being healthy.
Fitness And Nutrition
Drugs and alcohol cause all sorts of other issues with your body, they don’t just affect your brain. That means that once you’ve beaten your addiction you need to also make some changes to your eating habits and to the way you take care of your body.
Eating healthy, like choosing whole foods and following the recommendations for how many fruits and vegetables you should get every day, can boost your immune system, and give you the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to heal.
Drink plenty of water as well. It helps flush your system, keeps you hydrated, and can even help you feel more awake and energetic. Your body and mind will thank you, and you’ll be too busy focusing on your new healthy lifestyle to think about drugs or alcohol!
You can beat addiction and be healthy again. You just need to be determined and take some time to make changes that promote well being.