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By the grace of Allah Almighty, we have prepared a self-help booklet for guiding our youth so that they learn to stay away from drugs. This booklet has been published by Drug Free Nation working on drug abuse prevention
News Views
Steps Toward Recovery
By Zahid Iqbal
Program Officer
Dhaka Ahsania Mission, Bangladesh.

It really takes time, courage and strength to face up to drug addiction. When you are bogged down in drug abuse and drug addiction, sobriety can seem like an impossible goal. But recovery is never out of reach, no matter how hopeless your current situation seems. Definitely change is possible with the right treatment, care and support, and by making lifestyle changes that address the root cause of your addiction. Do not give up, even if you have tried and failed before. For many people struggling with addiction, the biggest and toughest step toward recovery is the very first one: deciding to make a change. It's normal to feel conflicted about giving up your drug of choice, even when you realize it's causing problems in your life. Change is never easy. Committing to sobriety involves changing many things and it includes-

  • dealing with stress
  • who you allow in your life
  • utilize your free time
  • how you think for yourself

Once you have made the decision to challenge your drug addiction, it is time to explore your treatment choices. There's no magic bullet or single treatment that works for everyone. When considering a program, remember that everyone's needs are different. Drug addiction treatment should be customized to your unique problems and situation. It's important that you find a program that feels right. Treatment should address more than just your drug abuse.  Addiction affects your whole life, including relationships, career, health, and psychological well-being. Treatment success depends on developing a new way of living and addressing the reasons why you turned to drugs in the first place. It may have been because of an inability to manage stress, in which case you will need to find healthy ways to handle stressful situations.

Drug addiction treatment is not a quick and easy process. In general, the longer and more intense the drug use, the longer and more intense the treatment you will need. But regardless of the treatment program's length in weeks or months, long-term follow-up care is crucial to recovery. There are many places to turn for help. Not everybody requires medically supervised detoxification or an extended stint in rehabilitation. The level of care you need depends on your age, drug use history, and other medical or psychiatric conditions. In addition to doctors and psychologists, many clergy members, social workers, and counselors offer addiction treatment services. As you seek help for drug addiction, it is also important to get treatment for any other medical or psychological issues you are experiencing. Your best chance of recovery is through integrated treatment for both the substance abuse problem and the mental health problem. This means getting combined mental health and addiction treatment from the same treatment provider or team.

Drug Free Nation 2013