Quitting vs cutting back

If you’ve come this far, you're probably thinking you have a problem with drugs. But you may not think you need to quit.

Cutting back is a good start - although actually giving up is better. Most people find it's hard, if not impossible, to simply use less.

It’s a really good idea to talk with your GP or a counsellor about the specific drugs you’ve been using and what you can expect when you start to reduce your drug use or quit. In some cases there are legal drugs which can be used to help you quit. For example, methadone is available for people dependent on opiates such as heroin.

If you are only ready to think about cutting back, you might want to consider buying less, so you use less, delaying your first session of the day and using a smaller amount than usual.