The first time I ever tried drugs I was only 13 years old. I used to think there was nothing wrong with smoking pot with my friends every now and then. I was able to hide my bad habit from my family for a few years. But as I got older, drugs became more and more important. And I started trying all types of drugs, the stronger the better. It got the point where I couldn’t function without them.
My mom, my guardian angel, was the one who finally convinced me to get rehab for my drug addiction. I was in my 20s by then and my life had completely fallen apart. “Hitting rock bottom is a good thing because the only way to go is up”. That’s the advice my mom gave me right before I made the decision to get treatment. And it was 100% true. Even though recovery is a difficult process, my life started changing for the better the moment I checked into the rehab clinic.
Of the many things that I learned during rehab, probably the most important one is that recovery doesn’t end when you finish your treatment. It’s a process that lasts as long as your life. And it can get especially difficult when you go back to the real world. Once I got out of rehab, I decided I wanted to go through recovery the natural way, with as less medication as possible. Today, I want to share with you 3 completely natural ways I learned during my recovery process that can help you conquer addiction.
I never thought meditation would be such an important part of my life as it is now. When my therapist at rehab first recommended it, I was very skeptical about it. He kept telling me about how meditation could help my brain and my body, and I kept thinking he had to be crazy to actually believe those things. But he was so insistent that I tried it. At first, I didn’t feel anything. I just felt stupid sitting there with my eyes closed. But I kept doing it anyway, and soon enough I was feeling calmer and more relaxed. I felt like my mind was finally in a peaceful state after many years.
I recommend meditating on a regular basis not only to recovering addicts but to anyone who wishes to feel more at peace with themselves and their surroundings. If you’re skeptical like I was, try it. Believe me, you’ll be surprised. You can find different guided meditations online, or you can just sit for 10-15 minutes in a quiet room and focus on your breathing, trying to clear your mind. After a few days of doing this, you will notice changes in your concentration, mood, and wellbeing in general.
There’s a reason why doctors recommend it so strongly, and that’s because exercise can improve your life in many ways. After abusing alcohol or drugs, you may end up with a series of both physical and mental deficiencies. Physically, drugs can cause several diseases involving your liver, heart, and lungs, among many others. When it comes to mental health, drug abuse is related to different disorders such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia, to name a few.
Exercise, paired with a healthy diet, can help boost your physical health and help your body heal from the damage of drugs. Also, physical activity releases endorphins, a chemical in your brain that improves your mood, your self-esteem and your well-being in general. Besides, it gives you a feeling of euphoria similar to the one you get when you use drugs. Exercising regularly can help you conquer addiction by promoting a positive attitude and making sobriety a little easier.
There are many types of herbs out there that contain properties that are great for your health. They have been used for centuries as medicine and I am living proof that they actually work. Milk thistle is especially helpful to recover from drug abuse, given that it helps cleanse the liver from toxins and helps it regenerate itself. It also protects your liver from daily exposure from other toxins.
Another great herb for drug addiction recovery is valerian. Addiction can mess up the nervous system, and if you, as I do, suffer from anxiety, valerian can help you a lot. This herb can help restore your nervous system and your sense of calm, enabling you to sleep better. You will also be able to cope with stressful moments in your life. You can find these herbs at your local supermarket and you can drink them in infusions once a day.
Drug addiction isn’t something you can get cured of and move on with your life. It is something you will carry with you for the rest of your life. But it doesn’t have to be a burden. There are many things that can help you make your recovery process a little easier. Meditating, exercising, and drinking medicinal herbal teas are three natural tips that I learned throughout this and that helped me make it much smoother.
Do you know any other tips that can help you conquer addiction naturally? Please let us know in the comments below!