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How can I stop drinking or taking drugs?

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Last Updated: 03/03/2022 at 2:23pm
How can I stop drinking or taking drugs?
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May 31st, 2015 6:25pm
Your first step might be to see your doctor, contact a support group or friends and family. While some people can stop drinking or taking drugs on their own, others need medical help. Is important to know that you need to heal your soul before heal your physical body. Remember that you are not alone.
November 3rd, 2015 8:25am
The most important step towards recovery is outreach. This can be intimidating at first. First, I would recommend reaching out to someone you know and trust. If you are not comfortable doing this, research localized help in the area you are living. Support will likely be the biggest game changer in your recovery. Right now, it may seem like there is no support or there is nobody you can trust. I promise you, there is. Again, just look for localized help and they will be able to direct you to resources in your area to help get you on the path to recovery. I hope this helps.
January 11th, 2016 8:56pm
Talk to your doctor or someone you can trust about your desire to be clean from those things. They can give you resources and help support you as you work towards your goal.
June 21st, 2016 1:36pm
See it is very difficult to do so without any inspiration.... So take inspiration from something or someone and start doing it.... Cheers :)
September 28th, 2016 11:36am
That is always a difficult question and in this i feel it really important that you find your own personal reasons as to why this would be of benefit for you. Maybe speaking to someone could help you unpack this and support yourself to your future goals?
October 15th, 2016 11:51am
Maybe you should consider a detox center. Then decide whether treatment is a good option for you. I do highly recommend treatment though. You don't want it to ever be a habitual habit. Again bad for mind, body and soul.
October 22nd, 2016 5:21am
I would say the easy answer is to learn how to fill up those emotional holes and psychological wounds with something other than controlled substances. For instance, many people use drugs and alcohol because they feel miserable emotionally. Maybe take some time for self-care, self-love rather than self-medicating the pain away. Once we face our pain, we can heal from it. The drugs are only a distraction
October 26th, 2016 2:08pm
Find support and a specialist that might help you find a good plan that would suit your lifestyle/drinking/drugs problem.
November 4th, 2016 7:32pm
If you've gotten used to consuming them on a daily basis, you should first try talking to people who are close to you. since they might be able to give you the encouragement you need to not give in after a few days/weeks. After that you should try to find a detox clinic, since quitting alcohol all of a sudden can cause serious health issues or even death if done improperly.
November 16th, 2016 10:07am
The only way you can stop is if you determine that these things are actively getting in the way of the future you wish to pursue. Until you realize that, substance use is always going to be your default coping mechanism. You have to set tangible goals and work toward them, and find active, healthy ways to engage the parts of you that you feel most comfortable with.
December 17th, 2016 3:48am
If you are looking for reasons to stop using drugs, chances are very good that you have noticed that your life is not as happy, enjoyable, or successful as you were before. Hopefully, you're reading this before you've gotten to that point. You'll be healthier. There are many more reasons, but that is probably enough.
January 5th, 2017 5:16am
Never take on a challenge like this alone. Make sure to surround yourself with family and friends to help you get through this. Rehabilitation centers are the best for this type of problem.
February 17th, 2017 10:48pm
Try checking out It helped me a lot! Or if you want to get help that focused just on abstinence, I'd recommend SMART Recovery. They have an online site and online meeting both in the USA and the UK, plus if you check there might be in-person meetings you could attend in your area. I would also recommend LifeRing as well if they have any local meetings you can attend. All these are mutual aid support groups that can help you learn the tools that can help you to stop drinking or taking drugs.
March 1st, 2017 1:11pm
Admitting the problem to yourself, then getting control of your impulses. Psycological addictions are usually powerful but short cravings. Control yourself, and the focus on something else, then be proud of yourself everytime you've successfully refrained yourself.
March 30th, 2017 4:53pm
The best way (though it may be challenging to do) is to distance yourself from the people or situations in which you drink or take drugs. As well, try to find pleasant experiences that can replace the feeling that you get from those things, such as practicing reading, writing, or yoga. It may be challenging at first, but it will begin to feel normal with time.
April 20th, 2017 11:04pm
Quitting is one of the hardest things you can do, taking it one small step at a time is the best thing you can do. Going 'cold turkey' makes you susceptible to relapse, making recovery a lot harder than it should be. Substitute your addictions with beneficial rewards such as that new outfit you've been admiring in the shop window, or a new game you've been dying to play. Quitting doesn't mean depriving yourself, cutting back little by little is the easiest way to free yourself from the burden of addiction.
April 27th, 2017 1:33am
Alcohol and drugs can be very addictive. Once addiction has set in, there needs professional help. Yes curing yourself can be done on your own but for long term help, professional help is a great step of action. There are a lot of 12 step programs available that help.
May 5th, 2017 10:12am
From experience, replacing the addiction is good. It's hard at first but that rewarding feeling of your first day without it is the best one can feel. Go for a run, walk, read, cook, spend time with others, pick up any new hobby, sport, live a new healthy, happy life without that vice!
May 7th, 2017 12:36pm
You have to realize the harm and hurt it's causing you first. This is important. And there are thousands of resources available to help you deal with that. Then you have to make up your mind to stop. Then stop those harmful practices. It is important to remember this: the ultimate responsibility lies with you, only you can change you. Befriend people who neither drink nor do drugs, remember birds of the same feather flock together. Hanging out with the wrong crew is what probably got you into this in the first place, so you have to watch your association. If you need further help, do not hesitate to talk to a trained therapist some of whom are available right here on 7 cups. I hope this is of help.
May 13th, 2017 5:41am
Usually, substance abuse is a sign of underlying issues. There might be a reason why someone chooses to feel good rather than facing the hard truth that comes with sobriety. This isn't always the issue, but when it is a matter of treating the mind first, and the body second. Meditation while abusing, is a great way to try to hone in a problem that might not be so apparent. It's better to wean yourself off drugs, than quit all at once.
May 27th, 2017 8:21pm
Well, I found in my personal experience, that the best way to stop drinking or taking drugs is to understand the reasons as to why you want to quit (is it a problem for yourself or others). If you are asking this question, chances are that you've thought about this already. I would then develop willpower by recognizing that these actions are negatively impacting my character. Take the example of an smoker that's trying to quit. When offered a smoke, a smoker will go through some inner turmoil that creates 2 polar opposite scenarios in their mind. In the negative scenario, the struggling smoker caves to addiction and lights a cigarette but they feel great. In the other scenario, the struggling smoker create a positive scenario where they they don't smoke but they feel like they missed out on something.
June 21st, 2017 1:58pm
Remove yourself from the temptation, if it's a friend circle or peer group. Take time to remove yourself from the situation until you are in control. Fill your time with other activities and talk to a trusted parent/ sibling about it for reasureance. There are many great coping methods and online support groups to help your journey.
July 22nd, 2017 5:53pm
Find something else to spend your time doing. You need to keep busy. Go swimming, bowling anything that will distract you from the urges to use. Urges don't last forever, you just need to get through them. Another important step in quitting is changing your social circle. You need to find sober friends, friends who use will only keep you using
August 11th, 2017 12:56am
You could get professional help, Drug and Alcohol programs, talk to people who have quit. Cold turkey
August 18th, 2017 6:23am
You could go to a support group. You could talk to people who have had experiences with those kind of stuff and you could try to turn yourself around. Don't buy alcohol or drugs and find a substitute.
August 31st, 2017 2:20pm
That was a completely personal choice for me. I hit my rock bottom months prior to stopping, used against my will, lost my house, my car, my job, my kids, my self worth, and my will to live. It wasn't until I overdosed 4 times in 3 weeks that I thought I had a problem. The night before I reached out for help I remember praying to a God I wasn't sure if I believed in at the time and was so desperate. It was life or death for me. I finally crawled to get help and humbled my self and ran with it through the pain of withdrawal and all, and did whatever I was suggested to do. It's been 27 months now and has been the best choice that I've ever made
September 24th, 2017 9:09am
You can rehabilitate yourself.. You'll have to keep drinking or taking drugs but have to lower the amount everyday.. This way you'll have what you are craving and you'll be walking towards your betterment slowly.. If you think you are strong and sincere enough with yourself, you can do this yourself.. Otherwise maybe a friend or some rehabilitation center can help you better :)
September 28th, 2017 10:28am
Try to invest your time and energy in positive actives that you enjoy doing and help your development. Surround yourself by people who help you move forward, not go back to it. Find a support group to discuss your feelings and process. If you consider that you keep pit falling repeatedly, it would be advisable to go to a healthcare facility to recover.
September 28th, 2017 6:41pm
A day at a time will help you from feeling overwhelmed. Begin by consulting with a professional so you can detox safely if need be. Then utilize individual or group therapy and try mutual aid groups for additional support. Remember that a Substance Use Disorder is a chronic disease. Reducing harm is progress. A " relapse" may be a set back but can be dealt with swiftly.
October 12th, 2017 11:05am
First thing is to talk to someone who can support you and help you not to give up. There are a lot of organisations who help people who are trying to change and stop their addictions, you are not alone.