How can I stop drinking or taking drugs?

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Last Updated: 08/22/2019 at 12:07am
How can I stop drinking or taking drugs?
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Anonymous
August 10th, 2018 8:39pm
The first step is asking someone for help. It can be hard to do things on your own. Having good support helps.
anthonybackus
August 24th, 2018 8:49am
Avoid speeches. Instead, listen to your teen's views and questions about drugs. Comfort your teen that he or she can be truthful with you Pay attention to your teen's situations. Find out what adult-supervised activities your teen is interested in and reassure him or her to get engaged You should Speak peacefully and rapid that you are coming from a place of concern If your teen admits to mistreating drugs, let him or her know that you're saddened and impose the penalties you've established. Some television programs, movies, websites or songs exaggerate about drug use. Talk about what your teen sees and hears. If your teen's friends misuse drugs, your teen might sense pressure to test, too If you think your teen is elaborate in substantial drug use, contact a doctor, counsellor or other health care provider for help. Abuse of treatment or OTC tablets can cause respiratory distress Thank You
Anonymous
September 5th, 2018 4:48pm
Most people tend to need to hit some kind of a crisis before they stop taking drugs or drinking, unless they decide to embark on a spiritual path which is incompatible with becoming intoxicated. For some people, it's as simple as deciding that life is great as it is, and drugs and drink are no big deal, it's just healthier to live a cleaner life. For others, drinking and taking drugs can be such a big problem that they find themselves on a path of complete self-destruction; in this case, with luck, there may come a point where one reaches such a point of desperation that a stark choice emerges to either change or die. Most certainly what is required is literally a change of mind, a change of character, a change of habits, a change in thinking patterns; be prepared to look at yourself honestly and look at the damage you are causing to others; seek support - twelve step programs come free of charge and can be enormously successful - and good luck!
Anonymous
October 14th, 2018 5:50pm
The most ideal approach to quitting drinking and taking medications is to see an expert and get help as fast as could be allowed. The initial step is obviously to concede that you do have an issue with both of those and after that go to the understanding that it is best for you to stop it and look for help. Coming here or anyplace for help is one of the greatest advances. and I stayed away from your friends who do drugs because friends force you to do drugs I'm still struggling but I'm getting better. Finding an interesting hobby can also help the process.
enlightenedNight68
December 9th, 2018 2:00pm
It is unwise to stop drinking suddenly as the body cannot cope with this and some very serious and frightening complications can arise, such as hallucinations and fits along with shaking, sweating and vomiting plus so many more, you are best off getting advice from your doctor who can help refer you for specialist help and possibly help with a detox plan. You have to really want to stop, something has to click inside your head to make you realise what you are doing to yourself and the people around you. It will be the best thing you ever do!
socialsupportworker27
January 31st, 2019 3:14am
Cravings, compulsion, loss of control, use despite consequences. When you experience cravings for the drinking or drugs you may have triggers that cause you to use. If you can Identify those triggers then you can work on compulsion. Compulsion is what drives you to use again, what is the trigger in detail? Do you have a coping skill instead of using? Loss of control- Are you in control of the situation or experience, do you know the trigger and can you use a coping skill or family or friend support to help you get back in control of your situation? Use despite consequences, can you understand what the consequence would be if you used again? When using it's positive to not use and have a coping skill that is less of addiction such as reading, writing, painting, sports, family, friends. If this does not work for you, A Doctor or therapist can provide you with more advice on a Detox center that can apply medical information and possible treatment so you can be healthy again to a normal self. Stopping drinking and or drugs can take time. Relapse is part of the process and withdrawal is not easy. Depending on the person's age detox may or may not be a safe choice as it could cause more damage than repair to the person. If you are considering detox do your best to get a professional opinion from a licensed doctor.
FieldsofZion
February 27th, 2019 5:42am
Acceptance is the first step. Look at yourself in the mirror, figuratively or literally, and don’t walk away until you know and understand the person you’re looking at. Get to know who’s under the surface. Identify underlying problems. Realize why you should quit. Make a list even of the beneifits! Maybe to reclaim lost time or to repair relationships, to build a better reputation, etc. And make sobriety the utmost priority. Fire your drinking/drug pals. Remember that you want to associate with people that promote your progress and well-being, not energy vampires. Tell people what you’re doing. Advertise your choice. It gives yourself accountability and if your friends are going out to get wasted, the chances of them inviting you will get slimmer and slimmer.
professionalcallie23
March 22nd, 2019 9:35pm
It's a very easy process on paper, but in reality it's much more complicated than that! I think the best step if you're thinking about quitting would be to go to a drug abuse or alcohol abuse meeting! In most places they have morning & evening classes! Being surrounded by peers who understand + a professional who can better guide you would be the first step! If you want to do something as another small step, there are apps that you can download to track how long since you've used, which can be a good incentive for some people!
stagecraft
March 28th, 2019 1:39pm
Removing yourself from situations or cycles that bring you back to substances (such as barhopping, attending parties, or spending time with people who frequently indulge or push you to) can be essential to taking a step back. Use this space to examine why you use alcohol or drugs. Why do you feel the need to be drunk or high? What about your substance use makes you want to stop? Are the people around you helping or hindering your goals? Removing yourself from the cycles or situations that put substances in easy reach is essential to breaking habits. From there, you can work on creating newer, healthier ones in their place. It's also worthwhile to remember that it isn't a one-step process. It takes time and support - reach out to the positive people in your life or look for support groups in your area.
storieslover18
May 7th, 2019 8:30am
the first step for stopping is to get determined that you have to stop it. look the best way to overcome an addiction is self control and for that you need a strong will power and support of your loved ones. ask help from them and they will handle you in your withdrawal syndrome.Be positive and be optimistic exercise and you always have medical helps too. you have to realize that its harmful for you and its taking you no where. it will be difficult but you ll have to do it for yourself and the betterment of your life.so remember the key 1.will power 2.self control 3.love and support
LittleMissMeow
June 7th, 2019 10:44pm
Its not easy! it takes time and patience! Try to always keep you mind busy and if you're getting cravings fight through them try to get some fresh air. Like i said its not going to be easy and it will be really frustrating and there will be times where youll feel drawn to it but youve to remember that you're not alone and its okay not to be okay. Every sober day is a day to be proud of yourself and your achievement cause even if it dont look huge now one day you'll look back and this wow, i got out of that hole
xoxAlwaysherexox
June 21st, 2019 12:55pm
It is very hard for what i can imagain and what you have to do is find the will power inside of you to be able to say no, it is hard and im not telling you its going to be easy, itll be worth it. Ask soemone to help you throough this tough time if you need any help im here for you to talkmore into detail about this situation that you are stuck in, belive me on this your not just hurting other people its yourself! If you ever wan to talkmore tell me and ill book you in xox
benevolentShoe2448
July 26th, 2019 4:32pm
Part of changing a habit is your thinking, but the less talked about part of it is also changing your circumstances and surroundings (which is harder!). You have to try to get rid of everyone and everything that is enabling you to drink/take drugs. The friend that says "just one won't hurt" or the places that you go to get drugs. It's hard to heal when you keep going back to things that hurt you, which is why many mental illnesses have relapses. But to prevent relapse, you have to recognize both the environmental and biological factors playing into your addiction.
freshpanda
August 21st, 2019 4:45pm
By realising the risk you're putting yourself through, and how much it has already destroyed of you. One overdose on accident when you're high and can't think straight and you'll be dead.
Kennedywithlove
August 22nd, 2019 12:07am
Seek connection with other human beings. Join AA, NA or any other support group in your local area. Staying connected to others who are walking a similar path while getting connected back to your spiritual and emotional connections to self. Find someone to walk you through what is coming up for you emotionally that the drugs and alcohol are being used to cope with. Ensure you are supported by a medical professional and begin the excavation of the deeper connection to self and the world around you that is missing. You are courageous and it is in the vulnerability and healing our emotional pain where life's true gifts are found.