Quitting cocaine (and drugs in general) is one of the best things you can do. It is the first step towards getting your life back together. However, that doesn’t just happen – it takes a lot of willpower and a methodical approach to improve yourself. Here are five tips to get you started:
Enlighten Yourself on the Effects of Drug Abuse
How long does cocaine stay in your system? More importantly, what are the effects of using cocaine? The answers to these questions will surprise and alarm you. More importantly, learning about the negative side-effects of using cocaine (and drugs) will serve as a deterrent against drug abuse.
The first rule of recovery and self-improvement is to not go back to abusing drugs – ever! Cocaine may leave your system after two days, but recovering from drugs is a life-long process.
Surround Yourself with Positive Company
Your friends are a reflection of your character. To this end, drug-abusing friends will try to make you abuse drugs with them, while good friends will try to motivate you to stay clean, get a job, and get your life back together.
As such, try to surround yourself with good company, including friends and family members who care for you genuinely. Additionally, try to heed their advice – regardless of how overreaching it may seem.
Observe a Healthy Diet
Cocaine has devastating effects on the body. For example, it destroys cells and weakens muscles and organs. Drug addicts also often suffer malnutrition as they don’t care much about eating. Fortunately, many of these negative effects can be reversed by eating a healthy diet. What’s more, antioxidant-rich foods such as blueberries will also help eliminate the free radicals left in the body after quitting cocaine.
Eating healthy food will help repair damaged cells and tissues. It will also increase your muscle mass to help you look fit and healthy (and presentable).
Exercising has a wide range of benefits ideal for recovering drug addicts. For example, it triggers the production of natural antioxidants. It also strengthens muscles and bones, getting you looking fit and healthy again.
Exercising will also help you cope with the withdrawal effects of quitting cocaine. Research shows that exercising triggers the release of hormones such as dopamine and serotonin, the same hormones sparked after taking drugs. This is why people feel like they are high after intense exercising – yes, “runner’s high” is a real concept.
Self-improvement means doing something good with your life. Additionally, engaging in positive occupations will help you stay off drugs – it is easy to adopt unhealthy habits such as drug abuse when you have too much free time.
There are lots of positive occupations in which you can engage. Ideally, you should look for a job to sustain yourself – but anything that benefits yourself and the people around you will suffice.
You have unlimited potential to become the best version of yourself. As such, look to the future and adopt these five self-improvement tips for recovering drug addicts. The future is bright, and it is within your grasp.