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Whether it is the increased stress of living in today’s world or an increased availability of illegal drugs, it seems that more and more people have turned to drugs. Many of today’s teenagers face a growing reliance on party pills and drugs. A generation of young people has been negatively affected by the increased availability of methamphetamine. Even worse, some people have become addicted to prescription pain medication. The common thread among these groups is a dependency on a drug. What may have started as a recreational habit has become more of a lifestyle.
Those that are struggling with an addiction are often left with two possibilities. On one hand, they can try to break their addiction through rehab or a 12 step programs. On the other, they can choose to stay addicted. Often, the difference is very simple, a good support system.
Recovery from an addictive substance, whatever it is, is always difficult. One approach that shows promise is helping the addict create a better lifestyle. This often means changing everything about their life. Moving away from the places and people who they associate with their drug use is part of it. The lifestyle change also means learning to manage stress, learning to effectively manage life issues, and developing higher self-esteem.
It is ironic that for as much as drug and alcohol abuse is a lifestyle, the same is said of recovery. For those that are strong enough to recognize the difference, a new healthier and better life awaits.