Getting better from addiction can take time. Being addicted can make you afraid of what will happen if you don't keep taking the drug. Some people won't try quitting until they're forced to, because it seems too hard.
When someone stops using a drug, they might feel very sick for a while, and feel a very strong need to take the drug. It can be really hard to stop taking the drug when you feel that bad. To learn more, watch the video, Why Are Drugs So Hard to Quit?
Although it can be hard to get off drugs, you don't have to do it alone. Support groups, treatment programs, and sometimes medicines can help. You'll meet people who understand what you're going through, who can give you advice and cheer you on. Doctors can help you find medicines that make you feel less sick and reduce your need to use the drug. Counselors can teach you how to handle life’s problems without using drugs. Visit the Easy-to-Read Drug Facts webpage Types of Drug Treatment to learn more.
After you get treatment, you still have a lot to do:
- You have to relearn how to live without using drugs.
- You have to work on the problems your drug use caused with your family, your job, your friends, and your money.
- You have to stay away from people you used drugs with and places where you used.
- You have to learn what makes you want to take drugs again, so you can avoid those things.
- You may also need treatment for problems that led to your drug use, such as feeling sad, worrying about things, or mood problems.
A trigger is anything that makes a person want to go back to using drugs. It can be a place, person, thing, smell, feeling, or something that happened in the past that reminds the person of taking a drug and getting high. A trigger can be something that you worry about that you want to get away from. It can even be something that makes you feel happy. People fighting addiction need to stay away from the triggers that can make them start using drugs again, just like people with breathing problems need to avoid smoke and dust.