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I know that anxiety and depression both contribute greatly to addiction, and was wondering if anyone here, even you never-posting-lurkers, have been able to quit all by yourself. Without having to go to rehab/treatment, or anything like that.
Im talking a real addiction, not like...... you stopped smoking weed after 8 years of being nicknamed 'Dutchmaster'. Im proud of you for that....but im wondering more about people who got sucked into a life revolving around some harmful,destructive substance.
If you dont want to post here, PM me....and if you never posted before...make up a user name and PM if you have a story to tell me.
I need to hear some of these. Why? In due time....relax
 

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i never had debilitating anxiety untill i quit doing cocaine. i was addicted for 5 months, and went off all drugs cold turkey. ive been clean for 4 years now. thats when i started getting the panic attacks.

its non stop panic and worry and anxiety now. thank goodness i have ativan.
 

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4 years...damn,good for you. How old are you if you dont mind my asking? i did the same for about 8 months, i dont know how i afforded it, but i spent lots of money to completely lose contact with everyone i knew, and make a slightly-below-normal functioning mind into a majorly depressed/anxious mess.


anyone else willing to share/ help?
 

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Well I'm not but my dad is so I grew up with it. I think it is possible to quit without programs if you're really dedicated.. just like it's possible to go through programs without any luck if yr not dedicated. I'm sure programs and support would help though if you've made the decision to quit. My dad was clean for 2 years after about 10 years of use. I'm about 99% sure he's back using now but I haven't worked up the nerve to confront him. It's pretty much a lifetime struggle to stay clean.
 

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its just been such a part of daily life, for.............10 years, always trying to get something,or having it and worrying about rationing, and repeat. The only thing thats changed has been the drug of that period of time. Quitting is kinda like, now what? what do you do?
 

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its just been such a part of daily life, for.............10 years, always trying to get something,or having it and worrying about rationing, and repeat. The only thing thats changed has been the drug of that period of time. Quitting is kinda like, now what? what do you do?
The best you can............

I don't have a drug addiction in the sense I think you're referring, smoking drinking........I've done my share. I believe addiction is addiction.

It's the old cliche..........One day at a time.......Actually, for me it was second to second, minute to minute. That's all you can do.

One thing I have observed, and being on an SA forum, many of us don't' have to worry about this......When you start changing your habits, change your playmates. You can love your friends to heck and back, but if they're users, it's not gonna be good for you in the long run.

Is there a reason you would prefer not to go to a treatment center? Depending on what you're Dependant on (say what...) it maybe in your best interest. Withdrawals can be a *****.

I think in time, you'll find many users have problems with anxiery and depression. With a treatement center this can be addressed.

I think you're at a good point;-))))))) Now that you have your own attention;-)

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leaving my job,car payment,and apartment and dissapearing for 2 months is not an option. also, letting all these aquaintances know will hurt them (family,friends) or destroy any chance of normalcy after that knowledge is out (coworkers,friends of friends,etc)

Putting it all out there and that whole route is not even an opti...........it just doesnt exist.

i see it as trying to do damage control and salvage what is still standing. (keep anyones speculations just that...speculation)

going the whole rehab route is equal to tearing down everything and starting anew.
 

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leaving my job,car payment,and apartment and dissapearing for 2 months is not an option. also, letting all these aquaintances know will hurt them (family,friends) or destroy any chance of normalcy after that knowledge is out (coworkers,friends of friends,etc)

Putting it all out there and that whole route is not even an opti...........it just doesnt exist.

i see it as trying to do damage control and salvage what is still standing. (keep anyones speculations just that...speculation)

going the whole rehab route is equal to tearing down everything and starting anew.
I'm sorry, I see what you're saying, I wasn't thinking along monetary lines........Or privacy, there's no dunce cap icon;-) eh, it's tatooed on my forehead;-))))

Instil, you're going to be tearing down your life down and starting anew.

I can understand not wanting to hurt, or effect your family and friends, this is truly a good trait. I have a weak spot for people that take others into consideration.

Maybe meetings anything that will help keep you walking the path you want to. Even a good friend that knows the score. Anything that will keep your mind occupied, keep your thoughts in order. Right down to keeping a journal, whatever you can find that works for you. Many feelings will surface, you'll likely wonder "Where the hell did this come from."
I'm sure you have an idea of where your weakest moments are. You also know yourself better than anyone. Explore your aves, anything that works for YOU.

Don't quit quitting;-)
 

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that and so much more. thats too much shame to live with...having your personal problems become public knowledge (which is what will happen inevitably)

at least know, i can avoid some people...and coworkers can gossip (dont you know my one heightened sense is my super awareness...i hear everything,idiots) but what they have amounts to a bunch of cicumstantial evidence, with no weapon or body.(its just a metaphor,dont get scared.)
 

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I had a very heavy drug problem for years started with the usual and progressed on to LSD, Ecstasy and amphetamine which was the worst as i was taking very large doses for a 1½ years.

Then one day I looked at myself in the mirror and was disgusted with what I saw so packed a bag & just left everything else & moved to London for a few months & went total cold turkey I have been clean of hard drugs for 11 years now and haven’t even smoked any weed for 4 years.

I am the type of person who gets addicted to something very easily so it’s better I don’t touch or be around anything or people who do.
 

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...and coworkers can gossip (dont you know my one heightened sense is my super awareness...i hear everything,idiots) but what they have amounts to a bunch of cicumstantial evidence, with no weapon or body.(its just a metaphor,dont get scared.)
Yep, I know this one - right, Realspark! ;)
If your co-workers are a problem, you let us know!
What you may also think about is having someone to contact when things are really bad - to help you through the rough times.
Remember, it is a coping mechanism - self-medication. When you need to, reach out! :yes

and IBreatheIn - you get three boogies, flat out! :boogie :boogie :boogie
 

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I'm struggling with addiction too. I've actually been contemplating making a topic about it, but had too much trouble with it.
sucks right? SA is nothing compared to this lifestyle...are you around my age?
 

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I've been addicted to drugs and alcohol my whole life. When i say addicted, i mean every dime i made went to buy the stuff. Sometime i would not buy groceries so i could drink or buy some dope. I even stole from my mom, friends and people in general to get it. Only in the last few years have i done well(the last 3 years have been very good) I don't use drugs at all now and i rarely drink. I do drink when my depression is really bad though, just to ease the pain a bit.
Overall id say i'm getting a good control over those addiction.
 

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heh. i can relate to this topic. i went to my first rehab when i was 18, was then clean for a while. through my 3yrs at uni i used recreationally and had a handle on things (i actually went off everything - cigarettes, alcohol etc for 6 months). after uni i went off the rails a bit, was in and out of various rehabs and whatever for the next 2yrs. in the end my brother and three of my close mates flew interstate to pull me outta the whole situation. after that i just packed my bags and jumped a flight to new zealand where my parents live to get away from it all for a while. been doing great over here ... though i get a bit homesick. i could write for hours about all this stuff ... i'll leave it at that. peace out!
 

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i wanted to add, i don't think you hve to go to a rehab or anything like that to quit using. i think it really depends on whether or not you really, really want to quit and relacing the drug with a different outlet. i know peole who went off drugs cold and are doing fine. mind you statistically it will take a few attempts to get clean permenantly but in the end i think it comes down to the individual and having some form of support ...
 

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Glad to have found a discussion on this topic. I've dealth with social anxiety for my whole life, but have never really dealt with it until it manifested itself into addiction. Porn addiction to be honest. My theory is that there are probably a lot like me, as the loner personality is prone to sex addiction. With any addiction, I think support/intervention is needed, whether it be counseling, support group, whatever. It's not really possible to handle it on your own in the long term. This is a catch 22 for someone with social anxiety, as we don't feel comfortable opening up to others. This is still something I'm struggling with figuring out.
 

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Thats a tough one Murph....Im going to try to do things on my own. Now, mine is a completely different problem from yours i know...I'll keep you updated, if i can make it work, maybe so can you. T
Then again this is kinda apples and oranges, so maybe the solution is not the same for these addictions, I dunno.
 

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drugs suck, addiction sucks. Not worth it at all. Made everything for me alot worse, thanks to it i felt the lowest low id ever experienced.
 

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I was able to quit on my own after almost 3 years of heavy abuse, but it wasn't easy and I had to completely change my lifestyle to do so.

I agree with soundsgood: it's possible without going to rehab if you really, really want to quit, and more importantly, are ready to make the changes required to succeed. If you ever have any questions you're more than welcome to PM me anytime. I can't give you a concrete recipe for success but I can share things that helped me get through it.
 
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