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Help with Addiction in 2016

Help With Addiction in the New Year - the Bergand Group

A new year means a new start to a lot of people which can put immeasurable pressure on those who want to commit to these resolutions.  Unfortunately, it’s easy to become discouraged  unnecessarily if these goals aren’t met right away, particularly when it comes to finding help with addiction and bouncing back from substance abuse.  Instead of making a resolution in the traditional sense, make a quieter, more personal vow to take small steps in 2016.  You’ll be glad that you did and will likely find greater success.

Steps in 2016 Toward Help with Addiction

A lot of changes made when another January begins are more superficial than people would like to admit.  Stores feature exercise clothes and gear and people promise to make it to the gym or to diet; despite these things, most won’t keep up with their self-made aims and will abandon the practices before the month is through.  For many, particularly with resolutions such as ‘stop eating dessert,’ reneging doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of their lives and will have little effect.  For someone trying to obtain more solid help with addiction, however, sticking to or breaking the commitment can make all the difference in the world.

To begin, it’s important to hold onto a sense of hope.  Seeking help with addiction means having at least some level of hope that you’ll be able to reach the goals that you set for yourself.  For many, addiction starts as a reactionary response, drinking or using drugs to forget about something else in life.  It isn’t the end game.  This is why it’s so important to create that finish line and to imagine yourself crossing over it, no matter how ‘small’ the achievement may seem.

Most importantly, a decision to change for the better can begin anytime.  Though the new year is often marked as the ideal date, a person can start down a new path with healthier habits at any point.  The only thing that has to happen first is this individual resolution, a desire to adjust one’s habits for the better, and, at least on some level, the belief that it’s all possible.  Without motivation or hope, it becomes much more difficult, maybe even impossible, to affect serious change and, in this case, to achieve the kind of help with addiction that you may be working toward.

What else plays a role in a person’s ability to shake off the mantle of addiction?  There are a few tips and tricks that can boost your efforts:

  1. Make sure to reward yourself for reaching goals (and make those goals realistic).  Positive reinforcement helps to encourage your positive changes, and the rewards don’t need to be anywhere near extravagant.
  2. Reminder yourself of the reason for this change.  Why do you want help with addiction in the first place?  In you residence, make sure to leave visual reminders, such as a written note or photograph, so that you have regular motivation.
  3. Don’t intentionally put yourself into a difficult situation.  If a friend who previously enabled your alcoholism suggests hanging out at an old haunt, suggest a new location instead, or invite others who already have a lifestyle that you’d like to emulate.  If you avoid situations of temptation, then you have a much higher likelihood for success.
  4. Practice “positive thinking about [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][your] ability to change an old behavior or to begin a new and healthy one.”  As mentioned before, the process of finding help with addiction is enormously dependent on your own decision to be better.  Believing that you can make that change will help to ensure your success; the end result is much more within your own power than you may believe.

“In the study of New Year’s resolution pledgers, those who were less successful blamed or criticized themselves and found themselves wishing that the problem would just go away.”  Remind yourself of past successes and achievements.  Reason away your supposed failures with the external factors that made it more difficult for you to succeed and how you might avoid them in the future.  Finding help with addiction is a process with hurdles from beginning to end, but keeping an open and positive mind in 2016 will make it much easier to run the race.

For more information about getting help with addiction in the new year, get in touch with The Bergand Group. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center, and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues.

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About The Bergand Group:

At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehabilitation and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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