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You don’t have to search far on the internet to find stories and message boards full of people talking about quitting cocaine or wanting to quit.
Like other addictive behaviours, many people who have become dependent on cocaine have wanted or tried to give it up many times, but have not been able to sustain abstinence.
The great news is that, despite all the stories of struggle and failure, giving up is possible with the right help and advice on how to stop taking cocaine.
No-one is saying that giving up cocaine is easy. Once an addiction or habit has become entrenched, leaving it behind is tough.
Cocaine is highly addictive due in part to the way it changes the way your brain releases the happy chemical dopamine.
The highs are quick and intense and use can become frequent in order to maintain the feeling. The lows afterward, which often include anxiety, low mood and paranoia mean people can fall into a cycle of using to try to keep those feelings at bay.
Professional help to support you to give up cocaine is a very necessary part of the process to ensure you kick the habit for good and have the right tools to stay clean. However, there are some things you can do and try to assist the process.
Cocaine use is often linked to a particular social scene or social circle and one way to begin the process of giving up is to make a decision to step outside of that world.
If you know you take in a certain place and when you are with certain people, you will increase your chances of giving up cocaine if you can stop mixing in that way with those people.
Some former addicts advise that it is necessary to remove anyone who you take cocaine with from your life and your phone. Certainly there is wisdom in removing the numbers of your dealers and anyone who you know could get you cocaine.
It may be that you’ve promised family and friends in the past that you’ll give up cocaine and have not been able to see those promises through. Regardless, don’t be put off letting them know that you still want to stop.
By making people who care about you aware that you wish things to change and are seeking positive support to make it happen, you’ll be creating a support network. It’s also vital to ensure this message is spread to anyone you use with or have used with in the past. If you can’t or don’t wish to cut contact with them, at least make them aware that you don’t wish to use any more. Ensure you do this at a time when neither of you is high and cocaine is not present. Don’t wait until you are in a situation where you’d usually join in with cocaine use as the pressure and temptation will be strong.
Using cocaine and alcohol together increases the risk of harm of taking both substances, but regardless of that the two often go hand-in-hand.
People often think that they can only cope with giving up one vice at a time but in reality addressing all addictive behaviours at once can be the best course of action.
Certainly, giving up alcohol is likely to increase your chances of not being tempted to use cocaine, especially if you have become accustomed to drinking and taking cocaine together.
Being open and honest about all your substance misuse issues with a professional will allow you to identify the interplay between them and develop a method to address it all.
If you are dependent on alcohol, it is important to seek medical assistance before trying to withdraw from drinking as sudden denial of alcohol without the right support, monitoring and guidance can lead to dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
If only taking up a new hobby were enough to help you quit cocaine. Of course, it’s not as simple as that, however replacing your using with other positive activities will help.
Taking up exercise, reading, gardening, hillwalking or any other healthy and engaging hobby or activity will help you to focus your time and energy away from using drugs. It can also help fill the void in your time where you might otherwise be using.
Positive activities you have an interest in pursuing is a good thing to discuss with whichever professional you are working with for support to give up cocaine. They may be able to help you come up with some steps to take to weave new positive activities into your life.
Seeking out other people or the stories of other people who have been where you are now and come out the other side, can provide great strength.
Everyone is different and the specific things or words that will inspire your recovery will not necessarily be the same as those that have helped others. However in hearing about the experiences of others, you’re likely to find nuggets of information that you can use. The stories of others are also a reminder that your goal can be achieved and you too can grow beyond addiction.
You may benefit from joining a support group such as Cocaine Anonymous. It offers peer support sessions and fellowship for anyone who wants to stop taking it and be abstinent from other mind-altering substances, including alcohol. It is a programme built on the 12-step approach also used in Alcoholics Anonymous. A support group like Cocaine Anonymous can be particularly helpful to aid maintenance of abstinence achieved through methods such as rehab.
Addiction to cocaine or any other substance is rarely a case of just enjoying it.
That’s why people continue to use cocaine, alcohol and other substances even when it is causing havoc in their lives and they desperately don’t want to continue being a user.
Some people may well have a propensity to addiction. In addition, addiction is often a form of self medication, survival, avoidance or comfort.
Trying to remove an addictive substance from your life without attempting to understand what led you to become addicted and to address that root cause, is setting yourself up to fail.
Professional help from a counsellor, therapist, in group work or via somatic techniques will help you to uncover the base causes and contributors to your addiction and form ways of dealing with those.
Residential rehab is the most effective way to end an addiction. It is an opportunity to draw together all the things already mentioned in this post in one place, at one time, with all the necessary professional and peer support.
It allows a period of reprieve from everyday life and distractions and opportunity to direct all energies to recovery.
Entering rehab allows you to:
Rehab allows you to be supported through all these difficult steps and to develop strategies to maintain them and your sobriety.
Finding the right residential rehab provider for you is vital in improving the chances of success. Environment is vital for recovery and wellbeing and finding somewhere you feel at home, welcomed, enabled and supported will allow you to engage and make the most of what is on offer to you in rehab.
Medical oversight and input means you can also benefit from clinical detox if necessary.
To discover more about the unique environment and rehab approach of Delamere, please do contact us.
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