The Best Way to Quit Using Drugs
If I were to take a poll of 100 recovering addicts and ask them what method they used to get clean I would likely get a number of responses. And that’s the point. The best way to quit using drugs is determined by the addict. What works for one individual may not work for another. The method you take to quit using drugs is best decided by you.
In the past, I’ve received some criticism about my promotion of 12-Step programs in this blog. I do not apologize for my beliefs about the Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous (or any of the other 12-Step programs, for that matter). I have seen these programs literally turn people’s lives around. Some people, however, are unable to get with the Higher Power concept found in AA and NA.
Quit Using Drugs by Choosing a Path
But am I naïve enough to think that the 12-Step model is the only way to go? Of course not. There are many paths to the same destination. One thing I do know is that for most individuals stopping drug use is hard to do by oneself. At some point, the addict is going to need help. The idea of “cold turkey” just doesn’t cut it.
So what do you do if you want to stop using drugs but don’t want to go the 12-Step route? Here are a few treatment models to consider:
- Formal Counseling – Whether it is inpatient or outpatient counseling, this method can begin to open the door to the possibility of a drug-free life. The availability of resources may vary depending on where you live. Some therapists use methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help individuals with the recovery process.
- SMART Recovery – Based on a 4-Point Program offers specific tools and techniques for each of the program points:
Point 1: Building and Maintaining Motivation
Point 2: Coping with Urges
Point 3: Managing Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors
Point 4: Living a Balanced Life
- SOS (Save Our Selves/A Secular Organization for Sobriety)--This program is group-based. However, it approaches recovery from a secular/non-spiritual perspective.
- There are, of course, other methods people use to quit using drugs.
More often than not, individuals who decide to quit using drugs found themselves hitting bottom and came to realize that either he stops using or he ends up facing devastating consequences.
Hope is Essential to Quit Using Drugs
An added element in the early recovery process that is crucial is hope. When a person is able to have even a small glimmer of hope that recovery is possible positive things can happen.
So, in reality, there is no one "best way” to quit using drugs. The main thing is to keep an open mind and never give up hope. Of course, there are many other things a person can do to help themselves stop using drugs but having the support of others can make the process just that much more manageable.
CASAC, K. (2013, March 9). The Best Way to Quit Using Drugs, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, August 24 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/debunkingaddiction/2013/03/the-best-way-to-quit-using-drugs
Author: Karl Shallowhorn, MS, CASAC
The one constant with all addictions, whether alcohol, heroin, meth, whatever....... is the addicts have this overriding contempt for anyone who preaches to them, who is not an addict, user of former addict! I have such a passionate, vehement and almost violent disagreement with any one or program that pushes understanding and appreciation for this concept that I can not verbalize it or put it in writing. This IS NOT A DISEASE. That is like saying sex addicts have a disease! Lets define disease for the purposes of this discussion shall we? Disease: a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific signs or symptoms or that affects a specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury.
Is hoarding a disease? Of course not. Addicts have failed, failed themselves, failed their loved ones, failed at life. To coddle them is akin to coddling a criminal, because they are addicted to stealing. Absolute rubbish. This is creating a culture in which they feel sorry for themselves, criticize anyone who's not one of them and tell the rest of us that we don't understand or get it! I call B???Hi///t.......... One need not have been a heroin addict to know that it is bad, bad for the user, bad for their families and bad for society at large. If we make it necessary for a heroin addict to hear this only from another H addict then we as society have failed. You don't need a former bank robber to tell current and potential bank robbers not to do it. We simply say, do it and go to jail or get shot by police in the process.
Heroin addicts and other elicit drug addicts, take note. You are a small percentage of society, so small in fact that if all of you disappeared tomorrow, the world at large would never notice. You destroyed families, relationships, businesses, and everything else in between. You idolize kurt cobain? loser heroin addict who was a coward and took his own life.! then follow in his footsteps. If you have no interest in quitting, then you have no redeemable qualities and if you don't have those, then kurt is waiting for you somewhere at the gates of hell and you should hasten your trip and not keep him waiting.
I know how cold some of you will think this is, but enough is enough! Stop for Christ's sake, for your children's sake, for your own sake, and if none of those things motivate you, then by all means, carry on, until you are carried out. world continues to rotate, life goes on, and you become a story someone tells about an addict who was really a good person, who was loved by many, but at the end of the day, someone who died of a drug addiction. Stop the F.....ng drugs, or stop occupying space and being a useless member of our society.
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The Ayahuasca brew wich has powerful consciousness expanding properties, has strong antihelmintic effects (kills parasites) and purificates the body.
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Addicts will manipulate, change drugs, seek multiple Doctors, use street drugs, and most importantly become VERY ANGRY over not getting what they want. They will tell sob stories, and do anything besides show strength.
I feel bad for people like me that have life altering diseases, and many times need these medications to live healthy, productive lives! Or we would become a huge problem to our society and have to live off our government on disability. How humiliating, a hard days work is so good for you! The difference is our bodies may become addicted, but rarely do our minds. Just watch how we behave if we don't get what we want or need. The behavior is very different.
That is the difference. We live our own 12 step program and simply pay it forward!
I just really feel that in discussing alternatives to 12-step programs, mentioning some more evidence-based practices, including Suboxone, methadone, and even things like Vivitrol, is really the only unbiased way to cover this topic. These treatments are working, in many cases better than the three you mentioned here, and I think that are are also worth mentioning in this argument, at least in my opinion. While some may not agree with these treatments, claiming that patients are not 'clean' while on them, but they are most certainly in recovery, and their lives are inevitably being saved and improved. To fail to include these treatments as viable alternatives to 12-step programs is incredibly biased, if you ask me.