How to overcome withdrawal symptoms: The Mental
To start a rehabilitation process is possible to achieve for most addicts. One is in “secure environments”, where one can also stay on dose level as long as one feels afraid to reduce dosages further.
To go from a “secure dosage” to becoming clean, demands more than just a “wish” to become clean. It needs conviction concerning, the wish to be clean and drug free. It’s the most important for me in my life. Irrespective of what I meet, becoming clean is the most important factor for me and follows a plan to become clean, and the motivation and sense of focus in order to follow the plan. It’s also important to focus on the joy associated with the rewards during the process, also when one has become clean.
Much of the plan can be solved in conjunction with doctors, nurses or a drug addiction consultants; but the inner will-or the fire, which needs to be there to persevere, must originate from the person themselves. One should be able to find it, in order to complete and reach the goal of becoming clean. I believe myself that I had that conviction and willpower, but I was also helped to keep on the right track, and supplied energy from my addiction counselor and social environment.
One can’t turn up, be indifferent and believe, that one can achieve becoming clean, by just following some rigid schematic treatment structure. It demands great personal will and investment to pursue and complete, and I am of the opinion that with the right conditions, all people contain this inner fire and energy, needed to complete the treatment process. Initially in the rehabilitation process one is confronted by the fear of living without ones drugs-ones loved one-ones best friend; and also of great concern, is maybe the fear of feeling “naked” and alone, without ones friend. This can overshadow much in the process.
It’s therefore important already from the beginning of the rehabilitation process to have described the answers: why I want to be clean? What does it give me? What do I achieve when being clean, which I don’t when intoxicated? Which changes do I wish to make in my life? Which fun/good/lovely things happen, when I become clean? Which realistic dream do I have when I become clean? Is it an education, job, study course, house, family, lover, looks, travel. physical etc.?
If one doesn’t know the answers of these questions, then I’m of the opinion, that one will not complete or stay clean for more than eight days. In collaboration with a rehabilitation counselor, you can have access to help in writing down realistic, positive and good things, which you wish to achieve and experience, when you become clean. To spend time with people who are committed, have will power, initiative, energy, life spirit, goals, and an interest in you-that is a contributing factor in lifting you even higher in your rehabilitation process and initial clean-time.It’s without comparison worth gold.
Further, it’s also an exercise in learning to ask for help. It’s was important for me to learn, that I was not able to manage it all on my own. I can’t solve my challenges as I’m used to, as I’ll just end up with the same result-a place I don’t want to end up in again.