Amphetamine addiction can take over a user’s life, rearranging his priorities so that his first thought in almost any situation is getting the next fix. Family, friends, work, hobbies and health are pushed aside as the addict experiences a consuming compulsion to use amphetamine. When the amphetamine addict finally decides to attend rehab, he may barely recognize the person he has become.
Thankfully, amphetamine rehab is more than simply detoxifying from a drug and attempting to break the physical addiction. Treatment involves exploring the psychological aspects of addiction, and learning different skills for approaching life post-rehab. This well-rounded therapy and education prepares the amphetamine addict to live a rich and fulfilling life without substance abuse.
Yet many challenges still await even the most prepared recovering addict. After spending months or years single-mindedly pursuing a sensation, the amphetamine addict finds himself needing to fill this void left in his life in order to avoid relapse.
How Do I Avoid Feeling Empty and Relapsing?
While there is no way to entirely escape the temptation to use amphetamine again, learning to fill empty time and avoid situations that increase the likelihood of relapse can help a recovering addict learn to build a new life that does not revolve around amphetamine. A few ways to begin include the following:
- Responsibilities – Recovering addicts can gain a sense of purpose in their lives by taking on new responsibilities. Being relied upon and believed in by others acts as extra motivation to remain sober, and can also fill time and give the recovering addict a sense of his own value. Returning to a career, finding a job, taking care of family members or enrolling in school are a few activities that give a sense of purpose.
- Hobbies – Hobbies often fall by the wayside when amphetamine addiction develops. Addicts forget how valuable and fun activities can be when they do not involve partying or getting a fix. Pursuing art, organized sports, outdoor activities or home projects can help recovering addicts socialize and feel productive.
- Education – Taking college classes can help busy the mind and fill time with something constructive and rewarding, lessening the opportunities to think about using amphetamine.
- Community service – Serving others can bring a sense of fulfillment and purpose to life that stands in stark contrast to the self-serving behavior that coincides with the disease of amphetamine addiction.
- Travel – The excitement of travel can match the unpredictable and rewarding feeling of using amphetamine, without the painful consequences. Even on a budget, travel can be enough of an adventure to distract from feelings of emptiness and discontent.
Getting involved with new people and activities can help you fill the void left by amphetamine addiction.
Help for Amphetamine Addiction
If you or a loved one is addicted to amphetamine, call our toll-free helpline to speak with an admissions coordinator about your professional treatment options. We are available 24 hours a day to connect you with the treatment plan that works for you. Please call today.