How To Stop Taking Cocaine?

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.

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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.

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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.

How to Quit an Addiction
Rejecting a drink or any other drug may be a first step.

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.

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How to Stop Taking Cocaine

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.

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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. 

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How to Stop Cocaine Addiction: 5 Steps to Recovery 

To stop cocaine addiction, the user must go through five stages of change, or five steps to recovery. In this article, we are going to briefly discuss each.

Step #1: Precontemplation Stage

When a person is in the first stage of recovery, they are not ready to discuss or admit themselves into a treatment program. Typically, they’ll show signs of defensiveness, giving any justification to their behavior that seems logical. You’ll see lack of insight here paired with how good they feel when they're using their drug of choice.  

There are many reasons for a person to stay in the precontemplation stage, including but not limited to their lack of knowledge on addictions. They may also feel extremely disappointed in their behavior, knowing that they’ve made so many failed attempts at recovery and treatment so there’s nowhere to go but down.

Is recovery completely impossible at this stage? No, but accepting the truth is quite difficult.

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Step #2: Contemplation Stage

In the next stage, a person may start to contemplate change. Oftentimes, this change does not happen immediately, but it is heavily considered. The pros and cons of addiction are weighed and discussed with loved ones.

The problem with pro and conning the situation is this: The person addicted knows the benefits of staying on their current path. Sometimes, these benefits outweigh the benefits of a drug or alcohol-free lifestyle. 

If you’re a family member or friend of someone who has an addiction, you should think about talking to them during the contemplation stage. They're much more willing to listen to reason, just don’t put the blame on them or show any judgment. 

Step #3: Preparation Stage

At this point, sobriety may seem urgent to an addicted person. Their demeanor and actions will show this. Steps like seeing a therapist or obtaining information from a treatment facility may take place. 

At the same time, a user in the preparation stage may jump back to contemplation or precontemplation depending on the triggers and emotions they experience when sober. This could happen in a day or two and lead in as far as a week. The process is different for everyone.

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Step #4: Action Stage

The action stage is where the meat of sobriety comes into play, as the person has clearly made significant changes and is committed to the new lifestyle they’ve set up. You’ll know that a person is in the action stage when you’ve seen them drug-free or alcohol-free for a prolonged period. They may even reach out to a professional or treatment program once the urge to use comes up again. 

In addition, you’ll see the user start to change several other areas of their life, like including self-care and counseling to keep them on track.

Step #5: Maintenance Stage

Relapse can happen at any time, but in the maintenance stage, the person is working hard at preventing such actions from taking place. Lifestyle changes like exercise, staying sober, keeping up with support groups, and maintaining self-care will remain evident and clear. Confidence grows and their sober days continue to build up.

The maintenance stage can last anywhere from six months to five years. An individual's personal experience and the severity of addiction will play a part in the timeframe. But once this stage is fully complete, sobriety is highly locked in.

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If you have any questions about this process or need help to stop your cocaine addiction, please visit New Roots website. Additional information about treatment programs are present here, and you can apply directly to start the path of sobriety today. 

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