Making a Change

One of the scary things about changing how much you use is not knowing what lies ahead. Your experience will be influenced by how much, how often, and how long you’ve been using drugs.


If you expect reducing or stopping to be hard, it will be. No one is saying it will be easy, but your mental health and attitude, even your physical health, play a big role in how you can get to where you want to be. It may be off-putting to face unpleasant feelings and to resist the urge to use, but keep in mind these feelings don't last.

Create an action plan


Make a plan in whatever way feels good to you. It could be drawn, written, or talked over with someone you trust. Include the following information.
Where you'll live When you'll start
What you'll do What your daily routine will be
What you're going to eat Who you'll be able to talk to

WithdrawalWhen it comes to change, everyone is different. Some people will float through, others will face one hurdle after another. Whatever obstacles may come up, do your best to stick at it!

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