Coping and support

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Overcoming an addiction and staying drug-free require a persistent effort. Learning new coping skills and knowing where to find help are essential. Taking these actions can help:

  • See a therapist. Pay attention to your mental health. Drug addiction is linked to a number of problems that may be helped with counseling, including other underlying mental health concerns or marriage or family problems. Seeing a therapist or psychiatrist may help you regain your peace of mind and mend your relationships.
  • Seek treatment for other mental health disorders. People with other mental health problems, such as depression, are more likely to become addicted to drugs. Seek immediate treatment from a qualified mental health professional if you have any signs or symptoms of mental illness.
  • Join a support group. Support groups, such as Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous, can be very effective in coping with addiction. Compassion, understanding and shared experiences can help you break your addiction and stay drug-free.
Dec. 05, 2014