Addiction Recovery Tip #6 – Substitution

November 21, 2007 by  
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By Dusty Lindemann

Many people in recovery look for a substitute to their addiction to maintain their recovery. If you do this however, you should find a healthy substitute. Here is an example of a healthy way to support your recovery from addiction.

If your addiction was to nicotine, there are many substitutes to take its place. Consider sucking on peppermints or chewing sugar-free gum. If you were addicted to alcohol, having a water bottle nearby or switching to diet soda will help. You need to find something to replace the substance you’ve vowed to remove from your life.

You may need some help with this and there are a lot of great resources out there. One is to consult with a medical professional. This is particularly pertinent if you were one of the many folks addicted to prescription medications. A qualified doctor will be able to suggest methods of moving past the pain you may be feeling; the same pain that drew you to the medication in the first place.

Be mindful of not turning to food as a replacement. There’s an old adage that suggests that once a person gives up smoking, they pack on the pounds. This isn’t all that far from the truth. Sugar is a great way to get a quick, albeit innocent rush. Too much sugar will eventually cause havoc with your body and you’ll likely notice the scale inching up. Instead turn to another substitute and save healthy foods for your meals.

Dusty Lindemann writes for SOBRIETY TV at
If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction, please visit this website to learn about recovery and what you can do to stay clean and sober.

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