Drug usage normally doesn’t start out of nothing, while a person is alone or doesn’t have any problems in life. At the very beginning, no matter what the drug one try is, it’s done because of certain psychological state and happens while being in a company that inclines or even pushes one to try, praising it as a ‘cool’ and way of life. The more time passes, the stronger addiction becomes. And one’s environment is also becoming more and more toxic, meaning that people who could support one and help to get rid of addiction while it’s not that strong are left behind, one by one.
This results into the whole company of an addicted person being toxic. These people only pull one further with them, becoming an extremely hard obstacle to overcome along with drug addiction itself. So changing environment from toxic to supportive is one of the most important things on one’s way to normal, healthy life without drugs.
What can be done to achieve it and speed up one’s recovering?
- Firstly, one has to realize that one is surrounded by toxic people. Those are the ones who don’t consider drug usage bad and destructive, doubt the seriousness of one’s state and persuade one there’s nothing wrong happening, claim that they can stop taking drugs at any moment, don’t consider or even don’t notice that their social and financial situation along with personal psychological and physical state are quickly worsening. Toxic people deny the very seriousness and problematical character of the situation and refuse to admit that drug addiction is a state that requires significant amount of help from the outside.
- Secondly, one has to get separated from these people as soon as possible. This may appear an extremely hard thing to so, as often drug addicts come to realization of the fact that they’re in great trouble when friends and/or family might already have given up on them. Also, toxic environment is highly attracting, as this is the most safe place for the addict from the psychological point of view. However, it is only possible to get help when one is outside of it.
- Thirdly, one has to think of people and places where one can actually get help. The most reliable thing, of course, is to turn to those who had been trying to get to one before addiction totally took over, like friends and relatives. If they have already run out of resources to support, there are always other means available. Numerous rehab centers situated all across the United States offer psychological support and help in drug detox to people both on inpatient and outpatient care.
None of the things listed above can be done easily, and it requires enormous amount of effort and determination to respond to such a challenge. But this is one of the major steps one can take towards successful recovering. The main thing to do is to always keep in mind that there is support available, no matter who is able to provide it. Also, those who, as one might think, have already lost their hope, may come again after they see one’s decision to get rid of addiction is that strong.