Stop Using Drugs


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Stop Drugs

A drug addiction will always start with a decision to try a substance, also bear in mind that you can make a decision to stop taking that substance. Drugs and substances interfere with ‘normal’ brain functioning and then can cause long term effects with brain metabolism and with brain function and activity. The effect is that then these changes will affect and change the brain and behaviours to go from trying something out to full on addiction, addiction will consist of physical dependency and/or psychological dependency.

Hypnotherapy, NLP, EFT, life coaching and positive psychology when used in combination can be useful for breaking the habit and for developing new and more useful patterns of thought, behaviour and coping techniques to stay off the drugs. There will be a root for all people in taking drugs and finding this will have a massive effect in being able to understand the reasons why the addiction took hold.

Physical dependency of a substance is defined by the appearance of withdrawal symptoms when the substance is suddenly taken away or stopped. Some examples of such substances are alcohol, opiates, benzodiazepines, barbiturates and nicotine. Common withdrawal symptoms include sweating, tremors, insomnia, vomiting and headaches.

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Psychological dependency is a dependency of the mind and when the substance is withdrawn this often leads to withdrawal symptoms such as depression, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, headaches, nausea as well as the cravings for the substance (and many, many more).


There are many causes, triggers and reasons why people may abuse drugs and these reason(s) will be different for different people and there will often be a combination. Some of the more common reasons are:

  • Peer pressure
  • Escapism
  • Feeling the need to experiment
  • Believes that drugs may help to solve problems
  • Enjoyment of the effects of a particular drug

Stimulants are drugs that increase the activity of the central nervous system and often give feelings of greater confidence, alertness and energy. Cocaine and crack, ecstasy, nicotine, amphetamines, alkyl nitrites and anabolic steroids are all stimulants.

Depressants are drugs that reduce the activity of the central nervous system and usually cause impaired judgement, coordination and balance. Alcohol, solvents, heroin, tranquillisers and barbiturates are depressants.

Hallucinogens will alter the perceptions of reality, and change the way individuals will experience the world through their 5 senses. LSD, cannabis, ketamine and magic mushrooms are hallucinogens.

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It can be hard to take that first step and take a look at your drug use, but it can have a big impact on how healthy and happy you are.

Any drug can become problematic, whether it’s cocaine, prescription painkillers or cannabis. You don’t have to be taking drugs every day for it to be an issue, either. Dependence on a drug can be physical, psychological or both.

You might have noticed that you can’t do everyday things without using first, or maybe you have experienced some kind of withdrawal when you’re not using.

Other people might have seen a change in your behaviour, or you might have started taking risks that put your health or safety in danger and to stop drugs for good.

Whatever the reason, change is possible with the right support and help to stop drugs.

Things to think about before you start

If you’re thinking of taking steps to stop taking drugs or cut down, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. It’s much easier to make positive changes when you’ve got help and support from other people and to stop drugs.

You could:

  • Speak to your doctor about your worries. They’ll be able to give you advice and useful information to stop drugs.
  • If you can, talk to family and friends about your drug use. Asking for help can make a big difference, especially in the first few weeks.
  • Find your nearest drug service. You can search for your nearest service and look at treatment options further down the page.
  • Join a peer support group like Narcotics Anonymous or Cocaine Anonymous to help you to stop drugs.

If you have a dependency, please speak to a professional before stopping using suddenly, so you can carefully manage any withdrawal symptoms.