Addiction is a lifelong battle to overcome a disease. There are many different schools of thought on how to overcome addiction. Addiction is different for everyone, and therefore, there is not one way that works for everyone. Choices to help in recovery range from community support to anonymous groups and everything you can think of in between.
One new type of therapy is called MRT. This program is done in a group setting and is designed to have patients motivate themselves to be a part of society and follow societal norms. Generally speaking it loosely resembles a 12 step program. The idea is that the patient begins to think about others and how their life can affect others, and others affect them. This therapy is especially successful for those suffering from co-occurring disorders such as anti social personality and depression.
Exercise and Yoga have also proven effective to help overcome addiction. While these activities do not tackle the disease itself, a clear and healthy mind is definitely important. In many cases relapse is caused by stress and boredom. Yoga and exercise regimens provide structure to your day. Yoga especially can provide a place to refocus and center your energy.
Boredom is one of the top reasons for relapse! People say they get high because they were bored. Boredom causes anxiety and restlessness. It is imperative that you have a plan at all times. As you progress in your recovery you will find that your life is starting to take shape on its own and you will not need to have so much structure. The things that seem so hard in the beginning, attending meetings, going to the gym, bypassing certain parts of town, will all become second nature. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous both provided meetings at all hours of the day, seven days a week in order to meet your scheduling needs. Resisting excuses and forming new habits is the second hardest part. The hardest part is realizing you have a problem and getting started on the road to recovery.