Addiction and an Underdog Mentality

Addiction and an Underdog Mentality

It can feel like the odds are stacked against you in recovery for addiction to drugs like Xanax

There is no doubt that at some points you will feel the odds are stacked against you while in recovery.

You want to stay sober but face many sources of temptation and distraction. In some cases, your friends and even your family can become a source of stress, and then you feel like you want to engage in substance abuse.

For many, relapse is very common. According to Psychology Today, only about a one-third of people who are abstinent less than a year will remain abstinent. If you are fresh out of rehab and just starting the recovery process, you can aim to be one who never uses again. Quite frankly, the odds are against you. Most in recovery have one or more relapses. If a relapse occurs, the most important thing you can do is to never give up. Do not throw in the towel or quit striving for a healthy way of living. Some ways you can do this involve keep a positive attitude. Instead of viewing this as an epic failure, view it rather as a stumbling block on the road to recovery. If you have relapsed and turned back to drugs like Xanax, the following are some steps you can take to move forward:

Admit You’ve Relapsed

Don’t hide this fact from others. If you do, you may set yourself up to have even more issues. Using one time can easily lead to more substance abuse if nothing is done.

Do not rationalize your relapse. Instead of slipping back into old habits, tell your support circle about the relapse to move forward. This will also be a way of holding yourself accountable and also places you in a position to get support. If you have a sponsor, tell them. Chat with your therapist or counselor. Talk with your family and close friends. Have them continue to hold you accountable and check in with you to see how you are doing.

To have success, you must be willing to embrace the underdog role with your Xanax addiction. Make no mistake about it, pills are really easy to find. However, you are doing the right thing in getting sober and in not giving in to your addiction.

Express Your Emotions in Healthy Ways

Let your emotions show. If you are frustrated, that is completely normal. Use it to your advantage. Turn it into something productive. Instead of focusing on the negatives, go to the gym and take care of your stress in a healthy way. The more you take care of yourself by exercising, the less likely you will be to participate in unhealthy behavior. Think about it. You can replace negative habits and even your frustration and replace those with positive, new habits.

Form a Plan to Move Forward

You must form a plan to stay sober. Focusing on past mistakes will lead you toward discouragement, but when you form a plan, you know how—in specific steps—you will remain sober. You would never just run a marathon without training, right? You would set specific goals to measure your success. Maybe you want to attend two Narcotics Anonymous meetings every week and work out three times a week. Your short-term goal could be getting a 90-day sober chip. Once you continue you to grow stronger, you may decide you want to work out five days a week and even become a sponsor to help someone else in Narcotics Anonymous. Planning does not have to be complicated either. Reach out for help from someone in your support network, and don’t procrastinate about it. You cannot wing it with your recovery. Playing it by ear does not work.

As you continue to live a sober life, pay close attention to your surroundings and the relationships in your life. Where you go and whom you spend your time with have a large role in your attitude and mindset. In turn, these often effect your actions. Maybe not immediately but over time your attitude points you in a specific direction. Be very intentional and as self-aware as possible. This does not typically just come as a random epiphany. Therapy can really help give you valuable insight. Having an outside, non-biased third-party with professional training can really help you see things you normally would not see.

Do Not Hesitate When You Need Help

Be careful to not fall into the line of thinking that you can have just one pill or just one drink. Another dangerous thought is that it is all right to party every now and then. These are just ways to rationalize extremely dangerous—if not life threatening—behavior for an addict. Reach out for help to your support network when you have cravings and when you want to fall back into old habits. This is an urgent need for you to make significant progress in your recovery. You will face challenges and setbacks at times, but you must have the courage to stay strong and to ask for help. shows that more than 23 million adults living in the United States once have had drug or alcohol problems like with Xanax but no longer do. While you may feel the odds are stacked against you, others have been successful. You can be successful too.

If you would like to talk to a trained professional right now to gain this insight, you can do so by calling our 24 hour, toll-free helpline. Our counselors have been trained to assist you. Anytime, day or night, have someone you can talk with. You don’t have to be alone as you go against the challenges of life. You have a team behind you that supports you.

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