Jesse wrote:So I have been struggling with a drug addiction for many years now. Mainly I use it as a means to cope, to self medicate. The problem seems to be no matter how much I want to quit, ( I really dont want to ). I use opiates, and it really feels as if without them I can never have a semblance of happiness or contentedness in my life.
Obviously drugs cause many other problems, and I really need to quit, but Im at a loss how. I have many mental health issues and without opiates I can not maintain any sort of emotional equilibrium. In my experience doctors don't recognize or respect the fact that they do work for me (emotionally), and thus are unwilling to treat me while im still using.
So I guess im looking for support/advice from previous addicts, how did you quit? How long did it take before your emotions balanced out? Did you use any other drugs/herbs to help with the process?
I realize that drugs cause many problems, they aren't a solution, but an escape etc. But I cant shake the idea/reality that without them my life contains no happiness what so ever, it's been a very hard time for me. Though recently I've begun trying to finds other means of happiness (Volunteering, getting out and around people etc.) I'm just not sure I have the willpower to stop using still!
Thanks for reading.
it is true that there are cases of opiate and heroin users who become lifelong methadone addicts as well. It seems like with addiction there are no easy answers, as every person is different and the underlying psychological issues that fuel the addiction must be treated as well. What worked for my friend might not work for someone else.
Even the withdrawals from that were terrible, does that affect your desire to try quitting..the withdrawals?
disassociating with like minded ( drug ) people for me was the first step. its better to change the city to get out of your habits. for me that was the only way.
The mental part, that's almost trickier, though. Again, professional help may be the best avenue. You talk of "happiness" provided by opiates, but you should investigate that "happiness." Is it the "rush" you are fond of, or is it the "warm and fuzzy" glow of opiates, the feeling that nothing is worth getting upset about? Only you can figure this out, but I'd recommend honestly looking at what it is you consider the "benefit" and, after identifying it, analyse it to see if it is really what you think it is. Opiates play tricks on us, you know....alcohol is similar. I wish I could offer more concrete help, but I think you can knock this thing, personally.
To quit, you have to want to, and to want you, you have to have some hope, to be able to at least imagine find some happiness in life.
You have a friend.
Whether the goal is success, material comfort, prestige (the more respectable human pursuits)—or whether it’s heroin, cocaine, booze, or porn—hardly seems to matter. Either way, we believe we’ve locked our sights on an antidote to uncertainty, a guarantee of completeness, when in fact we never become complete by chasing after what we don’t have. And, most incredibly, the pursuit itself becomes the condition for more suffering because we inevitably come up empty, disappointed, and betrayed by our own desires.
That sounds a lot like addiction to me. Yet the Buddhists talk about this as normal seeking and suffering. Isn’t addiction something abnormal? What about all those brain changes? To most scientists and practitioners (e.g. physicians, mental health experts, and addiction counselors), those brain changes suggest that addiction is a disease, an unnatural state. But a Buddhist perspective might cast it quite differently–as a particularly onerous outcome of a very normal process, a sadly normal process: our continuing attempt to seek fulfillment outside ourselves.
padma norbu wrote:Another smoking herb is called "little marihuanilla" or something. It won't get you stoned, either, but former marijuana smokers say it is pretty great substitute if you have to pass drug tests.
There is also something called "kanna" that is a natural SSRI, apparently. You can make tea out of it or put a pinch under your tongue and suck on it for a while, then swallow it, almost like chewing tobacco.
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