NSDUH reports that almost 15 million people over the age of 12 in the U.S. have AUD (alcohol use disorder). About 9 million of those people are men, while 5.5 million are women. As you can see, this is a serious problem for society, and it affects the lives of the people involved in various negative ways.
But it is understandable in some ways why so many people find it so hard to achieve recovery from addiction. The challenge of “getting clean” from certain substances like alcohol can be a traumatic and very difficult ordeal.
In this short guide, we’ll explore four steps to help people seek recovery from addiction so that they can get on with their lives in a more fulfilling and enjoyable way. Let’s get started.
Table of Contents
1. Tell the Right People You Have a Problem
For anyone wanting to start the process of recovering from addiction to alcohol, the first step is to admit you have a problem and then tell people about it. However, you should make sure you tell the right people about your issue.
If you tell people who you tend to drink with, they might not be the most supportive of you seeking out help with addiction. The best people you can tell about wanting addiction treatment are health professionals who have a proven track record of dealing with AUD.
2. Choose the Right Treatment Program
Since we all don’t live in the same circumstances and have various social groups, some treatment programs work better than others for different people. For instance, if you are native American and live in a Native American community, there may be challenges you need to face that other people with AUD don’t have in other communities.
For those who are interested, here is some interesting information about alcoholism in Native Americans.
3. Value the Benefits of Being Sober
When you do become sober, you should make a point of appreciating all the benefits that come along with it. Some of these benefits can include:
- Feel freer
- Improve physical and mental health
- No hangovers
- More money
- More time
And possibly one of the greatest benefits of getting help with all types of addiction is that you allow yourself to develop stronger and healthier relationships with the people you care about.
4. Start Exercising
An excellent way to maintain sobriety is to start exercising regularly. Exercise can help lift you out of any depressive or anxious feelings.
Instead of getting a “buzz” out of your drug of choice, such as alcohol, you can instead get a natural buzz from exercise with all its benefits. Plus, over time, you can lose weight and look great!
Proven Ways to Approach Recovery From Addiction
You now know about four ways to approach recovery from addiction.
Next, you need to approach the right people and understand the benefits of being sober. Then, you can choose to start exercising to help you stay sober, healthy, and happy.
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