Beating Addiction: How To Get It Under Control For Good

Beating Addiction

Struggling with addiction is not an easy season in life. Although it may seem as though the mountain in front of you is too step to climb, there are steps to take that will help you get over the top.

Beating addiction is a journey, and it starts with acknowledging that there’s a problem. Here are a few ways to get your addiction under control and emerge a more empowered self.

The Struggle Of Addiction

Sadly, drug addiction is on the rise in Florida with millions of Floridians dependent on alcohol and various substances such as heroin, opioids, and cocaine. With this in mind, it’s important to realize that you are not alone in your struggles and that there are people, and drug rehabilitation organizations, willing to help you take your first step to overcome addiction.

Knowing that you’re not alone should give you the confidence to acknowledge your addiction and take the first step toward beating it. The road won’t be easy, but it will be worthwhile.

Overcoming Addiction

The first steps in overcoming addiction start with yourself. As someone who is dependent on substances, you need to make the decision to take back the control that drugs have taken from you.

Healthy Habits

One of the best ways to resist substance cravings is to incorporate healthy habits into your life. These habits can manifest in a variety of ways, and you can decide which are best for you.

Mindfulness and positive thinking play a big role in the recovery journey. This may mean that you need to reassess your immediate community and turn away from negative influences. It’s important to consider who your true friends are, and the impact that they may have on your life.

Physical exercise, spending time outdoors, and taking up a new hobby are additional activities that will help with the release of healthy endorphins. These healthy habits serve as a distraction and provide enjoyment without turning to substances. You can always reach out to a hobby-buddy to help keep you accountable and join you in your activities.


Drug use doesn’t occur out of the blue. More often than not, there are underlying issues that have led to substance use – and abuse. Talking through these struggles with a professional counselor can be a huge step in the right direction.

Getting to the root of a problem is one of the most effective ways of overcoming the problem. Speaking about these issues in a safe environment can help pave the road to recovery.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)

IOP is a popular form of treatment as it provides support for the recovery process without disrupting daily routine. The IOP program is designed to prepare those in recovery for a healthy transition post-addiction.

The program is offered in different phases and is perfect for those who are unable to get off of work, can’t afford a residential option, or have family responsibilities. With Fifth Street Counseling, the plans are individualized to determine how many phases of treatment are needed for each individual.

With this option, you can expect regular relaxed, informal meetings with small groups and one-on-one sessions with counselors. In this way, you’re offered support and guidance.


If addiction has a particular stronghold, then you may want to consider Vivitrol as a substance abuse treatment option. It serves as a non-addictive injectable drug that is taken on a monthly basis with the intention of preventing relapse.

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Office of the State Courts Administer (OSCA) have made it possible for qualifying patients to receive Vivitrol treatment free of charge.

Vivitrol treatment is used in conjunction with alcohol and drug recovery programs and should not be used while taking opioids or drinking alcohol.

Stay Focused On The Right Path

Getting help for addiction is never a quick fix. It’s a journey that requires commitment and a supportive community. Introducing healthy habits and managing your surrounding community can be done on your own, but additional methods require external help.

Fifth Street Counseling Center has experience serving families, couples, and individuals in Florida to overcome addiction. During a time of social distancing, we’re also offering video counseling services to fit your lifestyles.

To find out more, you can call us at (954) 797 5222.

Garry Smith

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