Strategies & Tips - Addiction

Learning helpful strategies and tips to manage your mental fitness or support you when you’re finding things tough is a great place to start. You can use the ‘Filter by Topic’ button below to select a specific topic you want to focus on, otherwise just scroll down to see the different strategies and tips for all the topics you’ll find on this site. 

Consider Speaking To An Expert

It can be very challenging to tackle an addiction, especially if you’ve been dealing with it for a long time. Speaking to an expert who can support you in overcoming your addiction can make a massive difference to your recovery journey. These contacts are a great place to start or speak to your GP about places that would suit you best. 

Look After Your Physical Health

Stopping your use of a substance can be extremely mentally challenging but it can also affect your physical health. Withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant so consider talking to your GP or a medical professional to see how they can support you. www.drughelp.org.nz has some good tips on how to manage withdrawal too.

Know It’s Ok To Talk

Talking to someone about what’s going on for you is one of the best strategies and tools you can use. Make sure the person or people are ones you can trust and that they don’t have connections to your addiction. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to someone you know the Alcohol Drug Helpline has a 24/7 helpline available.

Avoid High-Risk Environments

Stepping away from situations and friends that are familiar to you is very difficult, but when these places and people are ones that encourage your addiction, removing yourself is your best chance of making a change.