Giving Up Getting Help

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If you think you might be dependent on some kind of drug, be it alcohol, nicotine or illegal drugs, there is support out there for you. Only you however can take responsibility for accepting that help, it has to be your decision. Admitting you have a problem takes real guts. Becoming free of drugs (and staying that way) will be the best thing you have ever done, so what do you have to lose?

Look at your lifestyle

Think about when and where you would most crave a fix. When you're out with friends or at home relaxing? When you're feeling stressed or upset? If you know when you'll be most tempted then try to steer clear of those situations. Even if you don't think of yourself as an addict, but just think you should cut down, you'll still have to make adjustments to your routine to make sure you don't get too tempted.

There are some things you can do to help you on your way:

  • Tell the people around you - Letting your friends know that you want to kick the habit gives you more resolution to stick to it. It also gives you more encouragement and support and makes them less likely to tempt you.
  • Change your routine - Knowing when you'll be most tempted means you can try to avoid that situation for a while. It doesn't have to be forever, just until you're feeling stronger about quitting and are better able to resist temptation.
  • Get busy - Avoiding situations where you might be tempted is one thing but it'll be much more difficult to quit if you're left sitting around by yourself. So think about how you could fill your time. Be creative, try new things, spend time with people who support you in your decision and do things your addiction would've otherwise prevented.

At moments of weakness, focus on the plus points of quitting:

  • Save cash.
  • Feel better.
  • Live longer.

For help and support in Kent go to: http://www.kca.org.uk/

Or, alternatively, try any of these:

  • Your GP - Confidential one-to-one advice and support. They can assess the nature of your problem and help you get the right support and even refer you on to local support services.
  • Talk to Frank - Information about local drug treatment services Call 0800 77 66 00 to talk to an adviser
  • Release - advice, counselling and support on drugs and legal problems Call 020 7749 4034
  • Alcoholics Anonymous - advice and support about alcohol addiction Call 0845 769 7555 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Addaction - Drug and alcohol treatment agency that offers local branches and helplines. Call 0207 251 5860 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • NHS Choices - Information and support to help you quit smoking
  • NHS Smokefree - Advice about quitting smoking. Phone 0800 022 4 332
  • Quit - Talk to an adviser about support for quitting smoking. Phone 0800 00 22 00
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