Overcoming Addiction: How to Quit Smoking and Find Recovery

Addiction can be a difficult thing to overcome, but it is possible. People who have substance use disorder often find that quitting is more challenging than they expected. It's important to remember that addictions can be treated with the right plan and resources. The good news is that you can quit smoking, although it's a complicated process.

The first step is to purge the body of drugs and control withdrawal symptoms. Medications may be used to control withdrawal symptoms, prevent relapse, or treat any co-occurring mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety. Long-term follow-up can help prevent relapse and maintain sobriety. This may include attending in-person support groups or online meetings to help keep your recovery on track.

Being distracted is good, while relaxation and deep breathing techniques can also help control cravings. Exercise, call someone, listen to music, and remember why you quit smoking. Remember that no treatment works for everyone. Whether you have a problem with illegal or prescription drugs, addiction treatment should be personalized to your particular situation.

It's important that you find a program that seems right to you. Drug addiction treatment is not a quick and easy process. In general, the longer and more intense the drug use, the longer and more intense the treatment you will need. Olympia House Rehab's residential treatment program provides a peaceful and structured environment to begin the drug and alcohol recovery process. Our 24-hour staff is trained in various treatment options to provide the most individualized and effective treatment program for each resident. Effective treatments for opioid addiction include medications such as analgesics, sleeping pills and anxiolytics.

However, it is important to stay away from prescription drugs with potential for abuse or use only when necessary and with extreme caution. Be honest about your history of drug use when you seek medical treatment. If you need to have a medical or dental procedure, be sincere and look for a provider who will work with you on prescribing alternatives or on the absolute minimum medication needed. You should never be embarrassed or humiliated by previous drug use or denied pain medication; if that happens, look for another provider. If you are struggling with addiction, don't hesitate to reach out for help. Your number is (800) 662-HELP (435) or you can call our local rehabilitation center at (88) 795-1965 today.

Episode 21 — Social Media Addiction. Overcoming addiction is possible with the right plan and resources in place. With support from family and friends, as well as professional help from rehabilitation centers like Olympia House Rehab, recovery is achievable.