How Do You Stop Drug Use?

April 2, 2024
David Sunnyside

When drug use becomes a problem, it can start to interfere with other parts of your life – for example, you may sleep irregularly or neglect your education or work. You might lie to family and friends or take risks that put your health and safety at risk. You might even steal money or possessions to fund your drug habit.

Reducing or quitting drug use is not easy, but it is possible with help and planning. You can talk to your doctor about the best ways to get support – there are a range of options, including quit-smoking classes and apps, nicotine patches, one-on-one counseling, group support programs and psychotherapy.

Before you try to stop drugs, it’s a good idea to keep a diary of when and how much you use. This will help you to identify patterns – for example, you might use more at particular times or when you’re with certain people.

You can also try to find distractions or other ways of coping with your drug cravings. For instance, physical activity, such as walking or running up and down the stairs, can help to ease tobacco cravings. You can also drink water, flavored sodas or tea instead of alcohol.

Make a plan to completely stop smoking by choosing a quit date and telling friends and family. You can use the diary you kept to help you with this – identify the times, places or situations that trigger your desire for cigarettes and come up with a plan for avoiding or dealing with them.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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