The First 4 Steps in Stopping Your Drug Use

The First 4 Steps in Stopping Your Drug Use

Taking an honest assessment of what addiction has already cost you is an important first step

Choosing to break free of a drug addiction like to alprazolam is no easy task. There are neuroscientific impacts, social challenges and the risk of alienating friends and family as a result. It can be overwhelming, to the degree that you might choose to not even try.

That would be possibly the worst choice you could make in this situation. Even though it is daunting, there is always room for change. Sometimes all you need is a roadmap. While the steps outlined here might not work perfectly for you as you might want to switch up the order of the steps or add something in that is not included here, at the very least this will provide you with a list to consider.

Take an Honest Assessment of What Your Addiction Has Already Cost You

The first step to consider is an honest assessment of what your addiction has already cost you. Ask yourself some of the hard questions:

  • Who are some friends you don’t see much anymore because they cannot trust you?
  • What jobs or promotions did you lose because of your addiction?
  • How is your marriage?
  • Do you see your kids often?
  • Do you have friends you can trust, no matter what?

Coming to terms with the answers to these questions and others like them will force you to remove the blinders from your eyes and come face to face with what your addiction to drugs like alprazolam has forced from your life. While this can seem depressing and entirely demotivating, starting with this assessment pushes to the forefront of your mind this key question: Am I willing to do what it takes to restore my life? The only way to be certain if you are ready to pay the price for recovery is to take stock of what you have lost.

Remove Your Access to Drugs

The next step you simply must do is remove your access to drugs. If you don’t get rid of the addictive substances, you will never succeed. Choosing to use again is too easy if the drugs are in the kitchen. No, you must instead conduct a radical cleanse of your life and remove all drugs including drugs like alprazolam.

Most struggling with an addiction have multiple hiding spots for the drug of choice. This step requires you to go to every single hiding spot and remove the drugs—not only the obvious places but everywhere. This includes friends who might be holding a stash for you, and even work if appropriate. One final thought on this step—don’t put it in the trash unless you then take the trash and put it in the dumpster. Otherwise, you might find yourself digging into your bathroom trash in a weak moment.

Be Honest With Friends and Family

As soon as possible, it is vital to share your decision to walk the path of recovery with your friends and family. This will serve two distinct and equally important purposes. As a starter, you will gain an understanding of where each person you care about is in regards to your recovery. Some will doubt you, others will be angry with you and a few (hopefully) will support you. You will need those who support you later, and you will need to earn the trust back of those you doubt you. Knowing where everyone stands is very important. Additionally, sharing this information with others will make it more real for you. There will be no avoiding the fact that you indeed looking to be sober once you talk to everyone about it.

Consider Professional Help

Not everyone is able to overcome an addiction to drugs like alprazolam on his or her own. Actually, most people find it close to impossible to successfully navigate the path to recovery without a support system. For some, friends and family is enough to push through to a sober foundation in life, but this is not true for everyone.

There is no shame in admitting that you are among those who need professional help. If you are battling discouragement or embarrassment at this concept, then perhaps a shift in perspective is in order. Rather than focusing on your perceived weakness that is supposedly evident by your need to ask for professional help, consider the opportunities you are taking hold of by getting the support you need to break free of addiction. You are choosing to step toward healthier relationships, a brighter future and a stronger self-image. You are stating that you value better self-control, building resilience and the potential to give back to others in addiction more than you value your pride. In this context, seeking professional help is not weak—it is simply the best choice.

If you find yourself at the end of your ability to battle your addiction to drugs like alprazolam in your own strength, there is support available. We can help you. We can answer your questions. The admissions counselors at our toll-free, 24 hour helpline can help you learn more about your mental health condition. They can help you find your way.


[1] https://ncadd.org/family-friends/there-is-help/helping-a-family-member-or-friend, “Helping a Family Member or Friend,” accessed December 21, 2015