Can I stop myself? If your addiction has got hold of you, and what I mean by that is, you have to have a drink or you have to take drugs to make you feel better because of the cravings etc. Them the simple answer is no. You can’t. Why? because it has now got to the stage where it would be very dangerous for you to try to stop, and in a lot of cases, life threatening! You need to seek professional help to treat your addiction.
The ability to stop addiction on your own depends on various factors, including the type and severity of addiction, your support system, personal motivation, and access to resources. While some individuals may be able to overcome addiction without professional help, it’s important to recognise that addiction is a complex and challenging condition, and seeking support and treatment can significantly increase your chances of success.
Here are a few points to consider:
Withdrawal and detoxification: Depending on the substance or behaviour you are addicted to, withdrawal symptoms can range from mild discomfort to severe and potentially dangerous. Certain addictions, such as alcohol or benzodiazepines, can have potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. Seeking professional medical supervision during the detoxification process is highly recommended to ensure your safety and well-being.
Support system: Having a strong support system is crucial when recovering from addiction. Friends, family, support groups, or therapists can provide emotional support, accountability, and guidance. They can also help you navigate challenges and maintain your motivation throughout the recovery journey.
Underlying issues: Addiction often stems from underlying emotional, psychological, or physical issues. It’s essential to address these underlying factors to fully recover and prevent relapse. Professional therapists or counsellors can help you explore and address these issues effectively.
Treatment options: Professional treatment programs, such as inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation centres, offer comprehensive care, evidence-based therapies, and support tailored to individual needs. These programs provide a structured environment, specialised expertise, and access to resources that can greatly enhance your recovery process.
While some individuals may be successful in overcoming addiction on their own, it’s crucial to evaluate your specific situation honestly. If you have attempted to stop on your own in the past without success, if your addiction is severe, or if you have underlying mental health issues, seeking professional help is strongly advised. Addiction specialists, therapists, and healthcare professionals have the expertise and tools to provide the necessary support and guide you through the recovery process.
Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to addiction recovery, and what works for one person may not work for another. It’s important to consider your individual circumstances and make a decision that prioritises your health, safety, and long-term well-being.
Your options – Can I stop myself?
Look at when you started your drinking, or drug taking ( known as alcoholism, or drug abuse ) Your consumption has only ever got worse. It has never got better. Now you have got yourself an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Your only options are alcohol or drug detox and residential rehab, or an alcohol home detox.
It gets worse – Can I stop myself?
The other main issue with trying to stop yourself is. If it fails, and it will. When you go back to drinking of drug taking, you will find you will be taking or drinking twice as much as you were previously. It is like you are playing catch up. For some reason it is like your body is punishing you for trying to stop.
Detoxing from drugs and alcohol
If you try to stop drinking yourself, or try to stop taking drugs yourself, you would not have the correct detox medication, or know the detox program you would need to take to get you clean. You would be going “cold turkey”. This is highly dangerous and can kill you. It is never recommended by anyone. Think about it. You have done most of the hard work by getting yourself in a position where you want to stop. Don’t go and blow it now. You are half way there. Get the correct help. It will be safer, much more comfortable, and much easier. Why would you want it any other way.
Firstly, well done for getting this far, and reading this page. It shows real courage. Secondly I can hep you. I have been where you are, and know what you are going through. It is not easy. Call me know to discuss your best options of getting through this. Tel: 07811 606 606 My name is Mark.