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addiction recovery steps, drug and alcohol abuse

1. One of the earliest addiction recovery steps is to monitor and track your use of drugs and alcohol. Note when you drink or use drugs, how much you are using, and what you are feeling at the time.

2. Talk to loved ones and find out how your addiction affects them, and then ask for their support in your efforts to stop this destructive cycle.

3. Make a list of all the ways that your drug and alcohol abuse hurts you, and how these activities affect those around you. Include all of the pros and cons when it comes to quitting your addiction and getting the help that you need.

4. Speak with a professional substance abuse counselor to find out what addiction treatment options you have,

5. Think about positive ways that you can change your behavior and evaluate what stops you from making these changes.

6. One of the most important addiction recovery steps is examining your past attempts to stop. Write down what challenges you faced, and what techniques and methods worked best for you. This can be used as a blueprint for your latest attempts to stop your drug and alcohol abuse, and this step will give you a better chance at a full recovery.

7. Eliminate all drugs and alcohol from your home, workplace, and other places where you often use. If these are not readily available it may give you time to think about what you are doing and prevent you from a relapse.