Balancing Choices

On one side is the enjoyment you get from drugs, on the other is the negative effect they can have on your life as you take more, more often. These three pages will help you weigh both sides before finally asking whether it's time to make a change or not.

Help yourselfWhen you are helping a loved one to overcome addiction, it is important to remember to take care of yourself.

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Tips for making changes

  • Write down how drugs are affecting your life. The focus on how good things can be once you can overcome your addiction.

  • Decide on the reasons why you want to quit or cut down. It may be for your children, money or your health.

  • Seek support from friends and family. It is difficult to quit or cut down by yourself.

  • Don't rely on someone else to quit or cut down with you.

  • Stop spending time with people who use drugs, to avoid temptation.

  • Understand what triggers your drug use, so you can start avoiding them.

  • Take care of your body, eat healthy, exercise and freshen up where you are living.

  • Set manageable goals that you can stick to.

  • If you end up using drugs after you have quit, don't panic, address the issue straight away before it sprials out of control.

  • Boredom is the first step to relapse, so find ways to keep busy.

  • Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.

  • You always pass failure on your way to success.

  • Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.

  • Our greatest battles are with our own minds.

  • Give yourself something to work towards - constantly.

  • Half the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough.

  • Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

  • The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.

  • Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.

  • There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing.

  • There's more than one way to cut back or quit, take a look around at different recovery options.

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They were really respectable. They had money and they were wearing suits. They didn’t look like people who were losers, so I thought well, that’s who I want to be. If they can do it, I can.

Jacki