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3 Confirmed Tips To Help You Beat Your Drug Addiction

3 Confirmed Tips To Help You Beat Your Drug Addiction

According to a survey published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the number of Americans aged 12 or older who are using elicit drugs has increased over the last decade. From 2002 to 2014, there’s a 2% increase in this population who are taking elicit drugs.

Using elicit drugs comes with addiction and it’s the worst thing that someone could ever put himself or herself into.

Drug addiction is a disease that affects so many people throughout the world. It’s when someone can’t stop taking a drug even when this person wants to. Most addicts know of the negative effects that the drug is having on their lives, but the urge is just too strong to resist.

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In the past few years we’ve heard of many famous individuals who have lost their battle against this disease. Some of them have fought for a long time, but they couldn’t come out triumphant. That tells us how difficult it is to successfully stop taking an addictive drug.

Nonetheless, being difficult to quit doesn’t mean it’s impossible. With the right attitude, desire, and good familial support one can definitely achieve that successfully. In fact there are many rehab centers throughout the United States that can help you with your addiction.

As a Floridian I can point you to one in Florida where people who are suffering like you usually find the help they need. But you should be able to find drug rehab centers in each one of the states.

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Given the fact that it’s extremely difficult to win a drug addiction’s fight, I’m going to give you some tips that may help you throughout this journey.

1. Write down a list of all the harmful effects of your addiction

It’s strongly advised that you generate a list of the negative effects of your drug addiction. In so doing you’re becoming more aware of what this drug is doing to your body as well as your life in general.

Being able to see all the negative effects of the drug you’re taking on paper right in front of your eyes can prompt you to seek for help. In order for you to be helped you’ll have to ask for it, and for you to ask for it you’ll need to admit to yourself that you’re in need of help. Therefore, a list can be very helpful to you.

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2. Write down how your life will be changed positively once you quit

Being addicted to drugs can take over one’s life entirely. When you’re addicted to a drug you’re always on the lookout for your next dose even before you take your current one. As a result your life becomes dedicated to only one thing, which is to satisfy your addiction’s urge. There are so many beautiful things in life you can enjoy doing rather than being stuck on a drug. But as long as you’re in the addiction phase nothing else would seem to matter to you.

This is where this list comes into play. Seeing all the good things you’re missing out on can give you a huge push toward ceasing to use your drug of addiction. At this point you might think about joining a rehab center which is the right thing to do.

3. Don’t rush with the program

When you check yourself into a rehab center you shouldn’t have a set exit time in your mind. The reason for that is because the length of time you’ll have to spend in that program will depend on how much or the kind of help you need.

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However, there’s a minimum number of days required in order to successfully achieve your goal. Research suggests that someone who’s in a rehab center should be treated for at least 30 days. Anything below 30 days would be less likely to work.

To conclude

Drug addiction is considered to be a disease. As of today it’s an epidemic that’s destroying many lives throughout the United States. Unfortunately, we don’t hear about that from the media until a very famous person has lost his or her life due to his or her drug addiction.

The good news is that there’s help for you out there. You can find help from any rehab center that’s in close proximity to where you reside. Most of them won’t cost you too much because they want you to get better.

What you’ve just read from this post shouldn’t be ignored because you’ll need all the help you can find. I wish you a successful treatment!

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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