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  • Apr
    14

    Quitting

    For those that want to stop using meth there necessary steps to take which will help you maintain abstinence while you're recovering from your meth addiction. Using meth destroys your health and many people are not only addicted to meth but have health issues because of their use. If you are a chronic meth user a substance abuse treatment program may be necessary to make sure the detoxification process is safe and comfortable. Chronic meth users quite often need behavioral therapies and other forms of treatment during their recovery process. Treatment centers are equipped to help you in all areas of your life that need to be addressed and treated.

    Withdrawal Symptoms are part of addiction, this is a hard time and it's best to be prepared for them. You will experience cravings, mood swings, depression, anxiety, and your sleeping patterns will be a problem for a while. Because withdrawal symptoms can start soon after you stop using meth, make sure the steps below are thought about and taken care of ahead of time if you can. If you have a friend or family member that doesn't use substances, they may help you prepare during this time.

    Drug Paraphernalia including drugs need to be gotten rid of. There can't be any reminders or temptations around someone who's quitting their drug habit. Anything that reminds you of your drug use has to go.

    Friends you associated with during your drug use including the person you bought drugs from will be impossible to be around. You will need to change your phone number so they can't contact you. You may have to stay with family or friends during this time to make sure any reminders of drug use aren't around you.

    Avoid situations, places and things that remind you of using drugs and getting high. There will come a time you will be able to be around some of these places and you will be able to control your thoughts and actions but in the beginning it can cause you to relapse.

    Stay busy; when you're feeling better idle time will be your hardest time. Making sure you stay busy will help with your depression symptoms, make the day go by quicker, and keep you active and focused. Because drug use affects your health also, concentrate on eating right and get some form of physical exercise. There are excellent books you can read that relate to what you're going through right now. Many people have been where you are right now and have written books to help others during this time. Recovery books can also empower you and strengthen your abstinence from meth during recovery.

    If depression isn't getting any better even though you're eating better, staying active and making good choices, your physician may be able to help. Never be ashamed or embarrassed to ask for help or being honest with your doctor about your substance abuse problem. Anyone who realizes they have a problem with drugs or alcohol and seeks help is admirable and asking for help is nothing to be ashamed of.

    Counseling may be an option for some people during this time. A counselor or therapist that deals in substance abuse and dependency can help you with problems or personal issues that may stand in your way during recovery.

    Support groups like Narcotics Anonymous are very helpful during this time. Talking with others who have been where you're at right now can really help. You don't even have to talk if you don't want to, listening to others talk and give advice may be just what you need to keep you focused on your recovery and avoid relapse. Group support may not be for everyone but if it's for you, this is an excellent program that's not only supportive but successful for helping people just like you stay clean and drug free.

    Enjoy friends that don't use drugs and other substances, there is plenty of life to enjoy without the use of substances. There are times you may want to be alone but when you don't, the friends that don't use drugs are really your best friends. They want to see you succeed and they will help.

    DON'T GIVE UP!

    I promise you it will get easier and better every day if you give it a chance. Staying focused, planning your day, eating right, staying busy and finding some kind of support will make your recovery process much easier. Patience isn't easy but it's necessary during this time and staying focused with positive friends and support can make a huge difference. Who knows, some day you may be helping someone else recover from their addiction to drugs or alcohol and it can't get any more rewarding than that!


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