No matter whether you’re someone who consumes alcohol in excess engages in drug-related activity, or both – you can still take steps towards recovery. One effective way of doing this is by making a sobriety plan; creating this gives you the opportunity to not only stay on track – but keep tabs on your progress. In order to establish such, however, you must first follow a set of guidelines to help aid you in the right direction.
First and foremost is marking your calendar. When you do this you are more equipped – and/or prepared – for what is to come; in fact, this allows you an allotment of time so that you don’t risk feeling overwhelmed. You can even go as far as telling someone who you’re close to – and/or comfortable with – the date that you’ve marked. In doing so, they can help you along the way – and hold you accountable – which will help you be certain that you meet your goals.
In addition, make sure you pick a day that’s reasonable; in other words, you don’t want to choose one that is too close or too far and out of reach. This can actually serve as a setback – rather than a setup – by allowing time for your addiction to worsen. One example of this is if you schedule your “quit day” four months out; consequently – in that amount of time – anything can happen because addiction waits for no one. You’ll also want to make sure that whatever date you choose isn’t continuously being pushed back – or postponed.
After you’ve decided when you’re going to quit, it’s important to decide how you’re going to quit; this too is as equally as important. In turn, there are a number of treatment options to choose from – which is the main reason why it’s so important to do your research – and consult a medical professional. If you have a primary care doctor, then it would be smart to contact him/her so the two of you can figure out what best fits you. Not only that, but he/she will already have a knowledge of your medical history on file.
In conclusion, help is possible – especially if done through a well-devised plan. As a result, you’ll be on the road to recovery in no time – with the help of your family members and/or friends. As a result, when you’re going to quit – in addition to how you’re going to quit – are the two key stages you’ll want to develop before establishing your plan; it is only then that you can take the first step in the right direction.