How to Overcome Addiction

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When a person is struggling with a behavior that is detrimental to his or her well-being or the health and welfare of others, it can be hard to ask for help to learn how to overcome addiction. Summit Malibu will not only provide answers to your questions, we will provide customized treatment services incorporating both Eastern and Western medical practices to create a successful long-term recovery plan.

Understanding Addiction

A person is considered addicted when they continue to pursue pleasure in an activity that results in negative consequences, either for themselves or for those around them. It is usually easier to accept that addiction to drugs and alcohol are a problem and must be addressed. When the addiction is a behavioral activity that is socially acceptable like shopping or evening exercising, it can be more difficult to accept that help is needed.

Tips on How to Overcome Addiction

Remember, addiction recovery is a journey, not a race. There will be flat straight-aways when you will make a lot of progress quickly, but then there will also be curvy hills and valleys that are more challenging. Some things you can do to make your road to recovery as successful as possible include:

  • Setting a clear goal of what successful sobriety is to you
  • Identifying your triggers and creating a plan of elimination
  • Reviewing your social relationships
  • Recruiting a group of loved ones who are supportive and positive and strong—a “recovery crew”
  • Tracking your time and money spent on your addiction and making new plans or goals for your savings
  • Reviewing past attempts at recovery and charting your relapse data. What worked and what didn’t?
  • Avoiding replacement behaviors such as substituting food for alcohol or shopping for gambling
  • Finding meaning and looking for healthy things that make you feel good about life, like volunteering, gardening, or a new hobby

Contact Summit Malibu

Summit Malibu offers a carefully planned and expertly executed detox program through our residential drug and alcohol treatment program. Our programs are available in-house, through day treatment, and on an intensive outpatient basis. Contact us for more information about our facilities and the many therapy options we offer.