2. By changing attitudes and finding solutions through our own program of recovery, we can regain our sense of hope, serenity, freedom, and joy. -Anonymous
3. What is Addiction?
Drug addiction is a complex illness characterized by intense and, at times, uncontrollable drug craving, along with compulsive drug seeking and use that persists even in the face of devastating consequences.
But you can get help!
4. Are You at Risk?
As with many other conditions and diseases, vulnerability to addiction differs from person to person. Your genes, age when you started taking drugs, and family and social environment all play a role in addiction.
5. Risk Factors
Family history of addiction
Abuse, neglect, or other traumatic experiences in childhood
Mental disorders such as depression and anxiety
Early use of drugs
6. Know the Signs
Do you feel like you cant stop, even if you wanted to?
Do you ever feel bad or guilty about your drug use?
Do you need to use drugs to relax or feel better?
Do your friends or family members complain or worry about your drug use?
7. Know the Signs
Do you hide or lie about your drug use?
Have you ever done anything illegal in order to obtain drugs?
Do you spend money on drugs that you really cant afford?
Do you ever use more than one recreational drug at a time?
8. Getting Help
If youre ready to admit you have a drug problem.
Recognizing that you have a problem is the first step on the road to recovery.
9. Freedom Can Be Yours
You can be free if you want it and are willing to work hard for it.
Recovery from addiction is a difficult process, especially in the beginning.
Its very important to find a treatment program that is right for you.
10. A Good Place to Start
Repeat this to yourself several times each day.
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the Strength to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.Just for Today.
11. It Takes Patience and Work
Because drug abuse and addiction have so many dimensions and disrupt so many aspects of an individual's life,
TREATMENT IS NOT SIMPLE.
12. You Can Do It
Addiction treatment goals:
Stop using drugs.
Maintain a drug-free lifestyle.
Function productively in family, at work and in society.
13. Forms of Treatment
14. Narcotics/Alcoholics Anonymous
Go to Meetings
Get a Sponsor
Work the 12-Step Program
15. One Day at a Time
Recovery is an ongoing process.
There are no quick fixes for
drug addiction and alcoholism.
Most addicts need months or even years of counseling.
16. Dont Give Up!
Dont drink or drug-No matter what.
Develop a support system.
Take it a day at a time.
Give yourself credit for clean time.
17. Learn to Live Again
There is life after addiction.
Avoid old people, places and things.
Form new relationships.
Take it slow.
18. A New Life Begins Here
If you or someone you know suffers with drug or alcohol addiction-Make the call.
Do it NOW!