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What Happens When You Stop Taking Drugs

When you cut yourself off from drugs for a while, you are forced to discover what drugs are and whether you would like to be able to use them. I have found that a large proportion of my clients find that they can’t function without narcotics — but that this inability to function often means that drugs still play a large role in their lives. I’ll share the latest research about the addictive potential of narcotics with you.

When you cut yourself off from drugs for a while, you are forced to discover what drugs are and whether you would like to be able to use them. Once I figure this out I will be able to help you determine whether drugs are right for you. Then I might be able to give you some new strategies to help maintain your drug-free lifestyle. If you are currently using narcotics without having to break the habit long-term, this is your chance. You’ve already taken your chance, don’t let it go to waste.

What do people do because they can’t function?

People often ask, “What does it feel like when you can’t function anymore?” The answer is a lot of different things. Some feel tired, a bit tired. For others, it’s emotional, that sense of dread. It might be that people are in a bad mood.

In some cases, people experience withdrawal symptoms from their drugs, which can include headache, dizziness, depression, lack of concentration, lethargy, sweating, irritability and difficulty sleeping. 

It’s also possible that people become more prone to panic attacks and depression or anxiety as a side effect of being drug-free.

The most common reason people stop using drugs is that:

They find that they simply cannot function without drugs.

Or

They find that the way that drugs are used does not feel right to them.

They become disinterested in how to use drugs, and it feels like people simply don’t want to hear about it.

As a matter of fact, most people can’t function while they are using drugs. You have to be very creative to get any job done any more. 

When people stop using drugs, they often have several problems:

They often feel disinterested in working, even while they are looking for a job.

They become disinterested in how to use drugs or the feelings that accompany it.

They find themselves more likely to use drugs, even though they have been off these drugs for a long time.

People who have problems with this dilemma usually want to quit narcotics, but aren’t given the tools to do so. The typical advice is to try a detox or a program of therapy, which is good advice, but people who have quit narcotics tend to relapse, and the first time they try to get off the drugs, they relapse immediately, because the withdrawal symptoms trigger the very urges that caused them to start using back in the first place. The best advice I have ever been given is to stop using drugs. You will have to make the decision that it is worth it. You are being forced to do something you don’t want to do, but it is something that you can’t take for granted, so there is no way you will feel better if you continue to use drugs, and there is definitely an awful feeling of guilt and remorse if you have to quit. If you are in the habit of using narcotics, quit. If you are in the habit of using illicit drugs and don’t want to use any controlled substances, stop. If you are in the habit of using opioids and are having a bad month, or you have a lot of problems with your sleep, or you have chronic pain and there are no good medications that treat it, or you need to get away from your significant other, or you are being bothered with intrusive thoughts in your head, don’t use the drugs or the illicit drugs — it feels like being the guinea pig, trying each one out and going all-in. We don’t know what happens when you avoid taking narcotics altogether, but the answer must be something that you simply can’t go another day without.