- Accept that you have an addiction.
- Practice honesty in your life.
- Learn to avoid high-risk situations.
- Learn to ask for help.
- The most difficult path of recovery is doing it alone.
- Practice calling friends before you have cravings.
- Become actively involved in self-help recovery groups.
- Go to discussion meetings and begin to share. You are not alone.
- Get a sponsor and do step work.
- Get rid of using friends.
- Make time for you and your recovery.
- Celebrate your small victories.
- Practice saying no.
- Take better care of yourself.
- Develop healthy eating and sleeping habits.
- Learn how to relax and let go of stress.
- Discover how to have fun clean and sober.
- Make new recovery friends and bring them into your life.
- Deal with cravings by “playing the tape forward”; consequences.
- Find ways to distract yourself when you have cravings.
- Physical activity helps many aspects of recovery.
- Deal with post-acute withdrawal symptoms.
- Develop strategies for social environments where people use.
- Keep a gratitude list of your recovery, your life, and people.
- Say goodbye to your addiction.
- Develop tolerance and compassion for others and for yourself.
- Begin to give back/help others once you have a solid recovery.
- See yourself as a non-user.
Drug courts are judicially supervised court dockets that provide a sentencing alternative of treatment combined with supervision for people living with serious substance use and mental health disorders. Drug courts are problem-solving courts that take a public health approach using a specialized model in which the judiciary, prosecution, defense bar, probation, law enforcement, mental health, social service, and treatment communities work together to help addicted offenders into long-term recovery.
An Indiana drug court graduate looks back three years and sees her former self as someone sad and sick.
In her jail booking photo from three years ago, you can still see the red mark on Faith Spriggs’ left arm where she injected methamphetamine.
Dressed in an orange jumpsuit, her face is droopy, eyes slightly downcast. In the photo, she’s still high. She had just gone to someone’s house to see if she could score more meth when police stopped her and found drugs and a syringe in her purse.
Now, Spriggs looks at the photo and sees someone who looks sad and sick.
Three years later, she’s a graduate of Noble County Drug Court and hasn’t used for 32 months. She shared the photo — with pride — with the large crowd gathered during her graduation Dec. 5 to show how far she’s come. Read the rest HERE.