Stories of recovery

Reading stories of recovery can be a powerful way to reinforce that change is possible, you can also pick up strategies that have worked for other people.

Preparing to make a change

Preparation is an important first step on the road to recovery. Here are some strategies you can use, to help you get started.

Setting goals

When you are making a change to your alcohol or drug use, setting goals is important to help you stay on track.

Understanding and managing cravings

When you are making a change to your alcohol or drug use, it can help to understand how cravings work and how you can manage them.

Getting through withdrawal

When you stop or reduce your alcohol or drug use you may experience withdrawal symptoms. Here’s why and how to manage it.

Maintaining positive changes

Once you have started making changes it is important to find the strategies that help you look after yourself. Here are a range of strategies that you could try.

Lapse and relapse

Recovering from addiction takes time and lapses and relapses can sometimes happen. But what is a lapse or relapse, and how can you overcome them?

Relaxation techniques

Cravings can make people feel agitated, anxious or edgy. Having relaxation techniques to use in these situations can help. Here are a few to get you started.