We’ve all heard how most people, especially the youth, have succumbed to the pleasures of life. Many people, whether celebrities or not, destroy their lives as they indulge in addiction. Some go in and out of rehabilitation centers to treat drug or substance addiction, while others undergo therapies to treat alcoholism or smoking habits.
It is our wish to stay away from these temptations as much as possible. But how can we do that when temptation is everywhere? Wherever we go, we often find ourselves in a dangerous situation where our friends, and even some members of our family, are addicts. How do we free ourselves from these addictions and live a healthier life?
Addicts never stand still; they are either getting better, or they are getting worse.
Here are our four tips to live a healthy life free from alcohol and drug addictions.
Avoid tempting situations.
Sometimes, our ego can get the better of us. Most of the people who are addicted to drugs may have wanted to prove that they’ve fully recovered by facing these temptations head-on. In the end, they found themselves relapsing.
While this method may work sometimes, it doesn’t work most of the times because you’re still weak to resist these temptations. Whether you’re already an addict or not, avoid such situations. If you have friends who are a bad influence, you’d better cut them out of your life.
Support yourself with a positive network
This is actually in connection with number 1. To live a healthy life, you need to surround yourself with optimism. Never let yourself stray. Negativity will only leave you feeling depressed. When you’re depressed, you become prone to addiction.
If you feel like life is becoming more difficult, lean on to your friends for help. Share your hardship to them. Your real friends will listen to you without passing any judgment, and you’ll find yourself getting off a burden on your chest when you’re done sharing it. Afterward, your friends will give you advice on how to cope up with the challenges you’re encountering. In no time you’ll find yourself solving your problems without destroying yourself.
Live a Healthy Lifestyle
While you’re still young, it’s important to take a healthy diet and exercise. Not only it will make you look and feel physically fit, but it will also help you in avoiding addictions. We’ve often seen how physical and mental health gets destroyed when we give in to drug addiction. Do you want to suffer? You surely wouldn’t want that. Thus, avoid indulging in drug use to live a healthy, active lifestyle.
Develop Positive and Productive Hobbies
Do you enjoy reading a book? Listening to music? Or perhaps painting or writing? Then do that instead of seeking to go on a drinking spree with friends. Interested in cooking, baking, or gardening? Try to enroll in these classes to learn them. Engaging yourself in something productive will not only help you avoid straying back to your old habits, but it can also help your life become more meaningful than it was before.
“At first, addiction is maintained by pleasure, but the intensity of this pleasure gradually diminishes and the addiction is then maintained by the avoidance of pain.” – FRANK TALLIS