There are some tasks we can write on a to-do list and check off for good.\u00a0 \tGrab milk on the way home.\u00a0 \tFix that leaky pipe.\u00a0\u00a0 \tTurn in some paperwork.\u00a0 Others require daily upkeep. (I\u2019m looking at you, dishes).\u00a0 Overcoming addiction is no different. Working to rid your life of drugs or alcohol means committing yourself to the task day after day.\u00a0 And sure, sometimes I leave pots and pans in the sink overnight. You know, to soak. And sometimes you\u2019ll slip up or feel too tired to toe line or maybe you\u2019re just faced with an incredibly difficult day.\u00a0 But the dishes\u2014and your history with addiction\u2014will be there tomorrow, giving us all another opportunity to set things right.\u00a0 Think of Overcoming Addiction Like Managing A Chronic Disease In other words, it\u2019s doable but won\u2019t be done overnight.\u00a0 Consider a person with tType 1 diabetes. When he first receives a diagnosis, there\u2019s a lot of work to be done. He may undergo tests, sit down with the doctor to better understand the disease, educate himself on the way forward and make immediate changes to his life.\u00a0 He will learn to check his blood sugar levels and administer his own insulin shots. He\u2019ll adjust his diet and exercise routine. He may need help caring for wounds or revitalizing damaged skin. Those first few months will likely feel scary and daunting.\u00a0 Eventually, though, these changes will become second nature. He\u2019ll simply be engaging in a new, healthier lifestyle.\u00a0 And so will you. Here\u2019s how:\u00a0 \tIn overcoming addiction, you must first understand your \u201cwhy\u201d and your \u201cwhat.\u201d\u00a0 Psychology Today reports that many people who finally break free from drug or alcohol addiction do so because they\u2019re ready to engage with the people around them in a way that feels normal and real.\u00a0 You might like to spend more quality time with your loved ones. Perhaps you\u2019re hoping to hold down a job, make that big career move or branch out on your own. Or maybe you dread the outcome if things keep going like they\u2019re going.\u00a0 Whatever the reason, it helps to pinpoint your why for getting and staying sober.\u00a0 Combine your \u201cwhy\u201d with a good, strong \u201cwhat\u201d\u2014 your desire to overcome addiction\u2014and you\u2019ll be well on your way.\u00a0 It\u2019s no wonder, really, that researchers at The University of New Mexico found the best therapies usually involve both a patient\u2019s willingness and a counselor or doctor\u2019s knowledge. It\u2019s the ol\u2019 one-two-punch approach.\u00a0 \tFocus on key lifestyle changes you can make now and maintain forever.\u00a0 Sometimes the best thing we can do is commit to a clean sink every night before bed. Do you know what I mean?\u00a0 We set some absolutes that become habits, and, soon enough, we don\u2019t have to debate the decision in our minds; we just find ourselves listening to an audiobook and scrubbing a pan.\u00a0 Or maybe, if we\u2019re hoping to make addiction a thing of the distant past, we do things like go for a daily jog, take five deep breaths whenever we feel stressed and make cultivating positive relationships a top priority.\u00a0 Because here\u2019s the thing: as Health Direct points out, we\u2019ll best resist the urge to use again if we\u2019ve established healthy coping mechanisms, identified our triggers and how we\u2019ll respond when they arrive, and created a drug-free life we can\u2019t imagine missing out on.\u00a0 Overcoming addiction for the long haul requires habitual maintenance. And, just like a person diagnosed with diabetes, the maintenance gets easier with time. We promise.\u00a0 A Couple of Things To Remember on Your Lifelong Journey No matter where you are on your road to recovery, we want you to keep two things in mind:\u00a0 Success looks different from one person to the next. That\u2019s okay! Research tells us that overcoming addiction may require multiple attempts. Because life circumstances are diverse and individual needs vary, there is no magic number of recovery attempts to guarantee a substance-free life. What matters is persistence. Your journey doesn\u2019t have to look just like someone else\u2019s; you just have to keep going. \tSharing your story is a powerful way to help someone else\u2014and to bolster your own resolve. Your experience matters; far from the numbers found in studies and statistics, you are a real person, and there\u2019s nothing that quite compares with that. As you celebrate victories, both big and small, share them with others. You might be surprised by who needs to hear your story. And you might also find yourself encouraged to stay the course even longer.\u00a0 Overcoming addiction is totally possible. It just takes time and support.\u00a0 We can help you get on the path to hope and healing. Our recovery specialists are here to help you discover a life outside of drugs or alcohol. Call us today at 844.768.1161 to learn more about how we can help you or your loved one.