Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Addiction Drug Home Care

Home care for drug abuse includes:

  • Learn relaxation techniques.
    • Perform the exercises every day.
  • Follow an exercise plan developed with your doctor.
  • Participate in recreational activities.
  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Join a substance abuse support group:
    • Narcotics anonymous
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Additional home care for anxiety due to drug abuse includes:
  • Avoid:
  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
  • Avoid food that contains sugar.

Addiction Drug Stress

Tips to manage stress in someone who has abused drugs:

  • Accept what you cannot change.
  • Allow yourself to cry.
  • Allow yourself to experience simple pleasures that give you joy.
  • Ask for help if you need it.
  • Associate with people you enjoy and who treat you well.
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol.
  • Do not be dominated by one thing, such as work or relationships.
  • Do not feel guilty when you have to say "no" to extra duties or tasks.
  • Donate some of your time in order to help others.
  • Energize your body with regular exercise.
  • Engage in hobbies.
  • Fuel your body with healthy foods
  • Have the courage to be imperfect.
  • Make a list of all the stresses that cause you distress: dispose of the ones you can and reduce your exposure to the others as much as possible.
  • Practice relaxation and meditation.
  • Reevaluate and rearrange your priorities.
  • Schedule time for fun. Laughter dissolves tension.
  • Seek professional help when you are overwhelmed.
  • Stay on a regular sleep schedule.
  • Take a few minutes of quiet time each day.
  • Take responsibility for how you feel.
  • Talk with someone you trust.
  • Avoid stimulants, such as:

Addiction Drug Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have abused drugs and have any of the following:

Continue to Addiction Drug Complications

Last Updated: Feb 15, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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