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The Best Way to Quit Using Drugs

The best way to quit using drugs and alcohol is up for debate. Is there a best way to quit using drugs? What is the best way to quit drugs for good? Read this.

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

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.

16 thoughts on “The Best Way to Quit Using Drugs”

  1. I really liked that you said that there are lots of different approaches and solutions to stop using drugs, and all of them are highly individual. I saw my brother yesterday using drugs, and I got scared for his life and our family. But then I realized that there are a lot of people who won this battle, and I hope that one day my brother will with some professional help!

  2. the effects of drugs on our youths are getting ou of hand, as a single mother with two kids, struggling for daily bread, my hope on larry my son,who happened to be an addict to drugs was elapsing.He’s been an addict for 10 years, which has caused him a lot of troubles,he gets to move with bad peers,steal from me and sometimes from other people to get drugs.he gets into fight and misbehave whenever he’s done taking them .he’s been arrested several times and rehabilitated twice .this got me worried and scared.Now he’s doing fine after some couple of days of contact with diviner chindu,who helped pray for him and got him free from addiction .i got to contact him after i saw a testimony of a woman on a blog who also faced similar issue with her husband. am so happy and greatful. i’d urge anyone who’s lost hope already not to,but to contact him via his email adress: newgracefoundation@gmail.com

  3. Robert pretty much hit the nail right on the head. You have to separate, no matter what it takes. Find another passion to take its place. Don’t forget what god has delivered you from in the past. Support system is needed though.”for some.” This world is so infected man!!! Its fucking hard!!! There is a war in my head every single day, and the universe will test your ass every chance it can. I still have a problem overcoming my problem. Which is damn near everything except sticking a needle in me.I’m saying most of this in theory not in practice, or I would most likely not be on this site. Disassociatives, weed, and ice started when I was 13, and opana, coke…. Blah blah blah ….. Etc etc…I’m 26. I’m surrounded by this culture. But I feel like I can conquer my problems. Through cancelling out certain ppl even though I love them. Only live once. If its not making you truly happy. Overcome. Do what the fuck you have to do to win. Do you want to win or do you want to loose. That the question I’m going to start asking myself every day when I wake up. Psychedelics are not for every one, but I feel that some of the natural ones can definitely open your eyes to picture you should’ve seen all along. Whatever your belief system is. …. Peace love and happiness

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