Do you have discipline?
When I speak to patients about what they want to do about their addiction and how I can help, I ask about discipline. What are you willing to do to get better?
Discipline to do what it takes.
Are you willing to do anything it takes to quit drugs? Are you willing to give up everything that takes you back to using drugs again? So, how hard are you willing to work to get better?
Why do so few succeed?
Success requires sacrifice. It is never easy. There is no way around the fact that it is going to take hard work. Are you prepared to give up your old friends, old activities. What about your work, where you live, whom you live with? So, what are you going to have to sacrifice to find a new, better way of life?
Building a network of support is essential.
If you are trying to quit drugs, you can’t do it on your own. Addiction uses your own thoughts against you. You must ask for help and accept help. When you are ready, there are many people who will be there for you.
You can learn a lot from past failure.
You may say that you have had discipline in the past and it didn’t work out. How many times have you failed and went back to using drugs. You may feel that success is out of reach. It seems hopeless. Yet, past failures hold many lessons in how to succeed. You have already experienced what works and what does not work. Hence, learn as much as possible from past failures.
Don’t repeat the same mistakes.
When you learn from your mistakes, you can learn to not repeat them. You may make new mistakes in the future, but your chance of ongoing success increases. Therefore, have the discipline to learn from the past and push forward towards success in the future.
Using drugs is always a mistake.
It never, ever works out for the best. Getting high sets you back to zero. You destroy another part of your life every single time you go back out again. You only have so much time in life to live and be with friends and family. So, do you really want your life to end being alone in a room using drugs?
Discipline means being prepared to do the work.
Don’t let this scare you. It is worth it. Go to meetings and find a sponsor. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. So, be prepared to examine your life and do some writing. If you need to take time off and go to treatment, don’t be afraid to go through with it. Work, family and life can wait for you to do what it takes to get better.
Put yourself first.
Going forward, you will want to help others and be of service. The best way for you to do this in the beginning is to take care of yourself. In fact, doing the right thing for yourself can provide a positive example for others. So, by staying clean and staying alive, you can be there for your family, loved ones and others who will need your help.