Whether you or a loved one has an addiction or substance abuse problem, the process of eliminating substance dependence is no small feat. There are some things that can make the process easier, but there is no definitive way to make quitting “easy”. Addiction can span anywhere from nicotine to much harder substances such as opiates and most addictions can be treated in the same way, but need to be approached differently depending on the substance and level of dependency. Here are some ways that you can go about dealing with addiction.
The best option for any addict who seems to be having a hard time quitting their substance of choice alone is a rehabilitation center. For rehab, Austin TX based facilities are a great example of establishments dedicated to the betterment of the individuals who attend them. At rehab, unless you are admitted willingly, you will be required to stay for a 30-day minimum period of time. This time limit can be increased depending on your progress, but your stay will not go below 30 days. In a rehabilitation center, you will meet in group therapy sessions, typically share your living quarters with one or two other people, and learn useful sober living habits.
If your addiction is not quite severe enough for you to be admitted into a rehabilitation center, such as a nicotine addiction, there are ways to deal with less substantial addictions such as that. You have to be sure that you aren’t replacing one vice with another. Far too often do cigarette smokers quit and turn to excessive eating instead. Try to find healthy ways to occupy your time, keeping your mind off of your urges is key to quitting. Quitting cold turkey isn’t exactly a sure fire way to quit, try to wean yourself off of the substance before you quit entirely.