Finding New Ways to Cope After Ritalin Addiction

Finding New Ways to Cope After Ritalin Addiction

Life is hard. It is fraught with challenges that can seem overwhelming – the death of a spouse, pressures at work, living with a special needs child, or strained personal relationships. People often turn to drugs, including Ritalin, to deal with those stressors in life.  While taking drugs may seem like a viable option for dealing with life’s problems, it is an unhealthy coping mechanism. During and after rehab, a person must learn better coping skills.

Developing New Coping Skills

Just like any other skill, like learning to use a new computer program, developing healthy coping skills is a process that takes time. A Ritalin addict can begin that process in rehab, which underscores why professional addiction help is so important to addiction recovery. Professional addiction counselors can provide the support, direction, and supervision needed to establish healthy coping skills.

Helpful, healthy coping skills to use after Ritalin addiction include:

  • Get a sponsor. This is especially important in the early months after rehab is complete. This sponsor can offer support and perspective when you face a stressor that triggers the desire to use again.
  • Attend meetings. The people who attend addiction recovery meetings will be a valuable asset to you when you are struggling with a problem. Instead of turning to drugs or other poor coping skills, you can turn to a network of people who can support you and provide you with alternative solutions.
  • Remember to HALT. In recovery, you learned never to act on an impulse if you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired. Post-recovery, this still holds true. When you find yourself facing any of these situations, you know not to act on your impulses.
  • Find ways to relax and have fun. Take a self-defense class. Go skydiving. Learn to sew. Take up cycling. Learn meditation. Find a way to enjoy relaxing and having fun. These outlets will serve as a pressure valve when the stressors of life begin to build.
  • Continue to learn about recovery. Your recovery is a lifelong journey. By continuing to learn about addiction and recovery, you will discover healthy coping skills that others have used, as well as other triggers to be aware of.
  • Keep a journal. Write about how you feel. Vent your emotions. Allow your frustrations to flow from the pen onto the paper and out of your body. Once your situation is on paper, you can look at it more objectively.
  • Exercise. When you exercise, you release toxins trapped in your body. You also experience a release of tension and frustration. In addition, your body releases natural chemicals that provide a sense of relief and euphoria. This can be a great way to deal with a frustrating situation.

These are just a few tools in your coping toolbox. You can add to these as you learn about your addiction, what triggers affect you, and which coping skills work in specific situations.

Getting Help for Your Ritalin Addiction

If you or a loved one is struggling with a Ritalin addiction, we can help. You can call our toll-free number any time, day or night. You can talk to an addiction recovery specialist who will discuss your symptoms and help you find the best treatment options for your unique situation. It is possible to develop healthy coping skills to deal with life’s problems. Call us today and start on the road to recovery.