If you want to stop taking cocaine, you need to be 100% aware that it’ll take a lot of work, dedication, and courage. You’ll also need support from family and friends to make it happen. Because facing withdrawal symptoms head on is no walk in the park.
Before you continue reading, please take note that cocaine withdrawal can and will put a strain on your mental health. Removing the substance from your body will cause you to face underlying problems that the drug may have hid. Not to mention whatever side effects you battle physically. So take these five ‘how to’ steps seriously and call New Roots Ibogaine if you need any help on your journey.
How to Quit an Addiction?
Tell loved ones that you intend to quit your addiction.
The first step to quitting an addiction is letting the people you love in. If you wish to change the way you’re behaving, tell friends and family about your desire to quit. Ask them to have your back and soon enough, you’ll begin creating a support network that’ll follow you through the journey.
While you’re on the communication train, we highly suggest telling the people that you use with (or used to use with) about your desire to quit. Make sure neither party is high while the conversation is going on.
Start changing your habits.
The people you hang out with generally have the same hobbies and habits as you do - hello, they’re the friends you choose to surround yourself with. So, if your hobbies and habits relate back to drugs like cocaine, you need to rethink how you’re spending your time.
Step outside of that social circle. Don’t visit the spots where you use. Try to stay away from other addicting substances, like alcohol, as the two pair together often. Pick up healthier hobbies and habits to distract yourself from the cravings.
Stop taking cocaine and start taking control.
Positive distraction techniques will help.
Though we do highly suggest adopting new hobbies as a distraction (as seen in our previous ‘how to’ suggestion), we do know wholeheartedly that that’s not enough to keep you away from your addiction. But it’s a start.
Take a deep dive into:
- Or any other engaging activity that brings you joy.
Every time your brain thinks of cocaine, do something else you enjoy. And don’t be afraid to speak about new hobbies with those surrounding you, friends, family, therapists, etc. They can help and will most likely want to get involved to help you to a better path.
Listen to what others have to say.
This suggestion is geared specifically towards people who have been where you are now. Look up some stories or search for people near you that have gone through cocaine withdrawal and addiction. Listen to what they have to say, as long as they’re sober and on an inspiring journey.
Keep in mind that everyone is different, so every recovery process will differ. But you can find the light in some of these stories and adopt some of their methods to get you through the darker days.
Dig through and find out what the root cause is of your addiction.
Most people addicted to cocaine don’t partake of the substance because they ‘enjoy it.’ They’re doing it to fill some void, distract from real life, or avoid some responsibilities. That’s just a couple of relevant examples.
On your sober journey, we highly suggest getting out of your comfort zone. Cocaine should not be used as self medication, a comfort mechanism, or a reason to avoid family and friends. So, it’s your job to find out what led you to the drug in the first place, and that can mean getting really uncomfy with a therapist, an NA group meeting, or a sober sponsor. If you keep working, you’ll uncover the causes in due time.