Thanks for joining us for part two of this miniseries on how to tell if you should cut back, or quit using drugs and alcohol. In part one, we discussed the six signs of using. This was to help you categorize your own situation. Today we are going to give you some ideas on how to weigh out your own pros and cons in a logical analysis so you can see it all written out in front of you. This method should give you some clarity on cutting down or quitting entirely. After all, this is a big-time, awesome decision and you should have a clear goal in mind. If you're tired of suffering from addiction problems, and cannot afford another relapse, then please get the drug and alcohol rehab in Raleigh NC that you need. Call Legacy Freedom Treatment Centers today to speak with a trained counselor about our exciting outpatient treatment programs.
Dealing with the Iffiness
Should you, or shouldn't you? Can't figure it out, can you? After all, just the thought of quitting probably makes you want to use more. Change is a stressor and a trigger for addicts already in recovery, so it's a no-brainer to think about it being a trigger for a daily heavy user/addict. But at some point, hopefully, enough will be enough and you'll be tired of all of the problems your addiction is causing your life. You'll be fed up with all of the sneaking around, telling lies to get out of arguments, and feeling like crap all the time. You might even be tired of the excessive legal fees and money you're spending because of your substance abuse issues. For whatever reason and situation you're in, you're still on the fence. You've done a lot of thinking and know it's for the best but you still like getting high and buzzed. If you're feeling like this, just know that every single addict in recovery had the same conversation with themselves before getting admitted into our facility for drug and alcohol rehab in Raleigh NC. Take a look at these quick exercises that you can do at home to help you figure our your iffiness stage. Just make sure to answer each question honestly and be truthful with yourself.
The Big Picture Question - A great way to get over your iffiness phase is to use an exercise called the big picture question. Put all the little stuff aside, and focus in on your most important life goals. Think about what your highest priorities are and even what you aspire to accomplish in life. You can even laser-focus in and decide on what it is you what to achieve that month, week, or day - depending on your situation. Check out the following examples of some of the things people aspire to be:
- I want to get a good job.
- I just want to enjoy a stress-free life.
- I want to graduate college, or go back to school.
- I want to be the best parent that I can be for my child.
- I want to retire and travel the world with my loved one.
If you're reading this post and thinking that drugs or alcohol use is interfering with the chances of you achieving your goals, you now have to decide whether continuing your substance abuse is more important than achieving your most important life goals. This is where the truth can be hard to deal with. The big picture is this; what are your most important goals in life? You should write down your top few and then see if your substance abuse problem is negatively affecting your ability to achieve these goals. If the answer is yes, call Legacy Freedom today for top rated drug and alcohol rehab in Raleigh NC, Charlotte NC, and Columbus OH.
Four Quadrant Analysis - This method will help you get all of your pros and cons about continued use versus change into an easy to read chart. This might be a little more scientific for those that really like to look at the data. We are going to start with these 4 questions. Try to think of answers to write down for each question.
Question: What are a few of the most significant benefits for your drug or alcohol use?
- It’s fun.
- It's how I deal with stress.
- Helps me relax after a hard day at work.
- It helps me to socialize when I go out with friends.
Question: What are few of the most significant drawbacks for your drug or alcohol use?
- Weight gain.
- Legal problems.
- Long term health problems.
- Being a poor role model to your kids.
Question: If you no longer used alcohol or drugs, what would you miss the most?
- I would miss the way it makes it me feel.
- I would miss the taste of my favorite beer.
- I would miss having wine with dinner, or when eating out at a restaurant.
Question: If you stopped using alcohol or drugs, how would your life be better?
- I would lose weight.
- I would get healthier.
- I would feel better each day when I woke up.
- I would be able to spend more time with my children.
- I would be able to get a better job, or be more successful in my current job.
Now, look at these questions in a two by two grid with a question and answer in each square. Hopefully you will be able to get a good feel for how your current situation will be affected by quitting or cutting back. If you find that you need help, call Legacy Freedom for drug and alcohol rehab in Raleigh NC.
The Extremes - This method is easier than the more scientific model above, but it will still help you to clarify your own situation. The key to the Extremes method is that you have to forget about the little stuff, and the stuff in the middle, and focus in on the best and the worst of the extremes. Ask yourself the following questions and answer honestly.
- What are the two things that I like best about drinking or using drugs?
- What are the two things I like about myself when I'm drinking or using drugs?
- What are the two things that I feel are the worst about drinking or using drugs?
- What are the two things I don't like about myself when I'm drinking or using drugs?
- What is the best thing that can happen to me if I continue to drink or use drugs without cutting back or quitting?
- What is the worst thing that could happen to me if I continue to drink or use drugs without cutting back or quitting?
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Addiction can really ruin your life. If you're suffering from substance abuse problems, and need drug and alcohol rehab in Raleigh NC, Legacy Freedom should be your number one choice. We offer exciting outpatient holistic treatment programs that are customized to the needs of the patient. All of our recovery programs are drug free and we re-teach you how to deal with life's problems in a positive way. Call us today to get started with the best drug and alcohol rehab in Raleigh NC; our expert counselors are standing by to take your call.