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Happy and Sad - November 21st 2013, 07:45 PM

So apparently even when I'm really happy I crave drugs.. I don't know what to do anymore. When I'm sad I crave drugs. When I'm happy I crave drugs. But I don't wanna give up..


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Re: Happy and Sad - November 22nd 2013, 03:21 AM

Hey Adalia

If you're craving drugs regardless of mood, have you considered if it could be a physical craving rather than just psychological? Don't know which drugs you're talking about, but for a lot of them the brain starts adapting to drug use. So you have to have at least a little bit of that particular drug for the brain to be 'normal'.

If you haven't had them for a while, your brain might be in deficit of whatever hormone it was suppressing (because the drugs provided it) and might be causing that craving.

So possible solutions... really depends on if it's craving for a particular drug.

I will ask you to stay strong and don't give up!!! Regardless of why, you can get through this with some support!!! Do you have people in your support network you can talk to about this?


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Re: Happy and Sad - November 22nd 2013, 06:45 PM

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Hey Adalia

If you're craving drugs regardless of mood, have you considered if it could be a physical craving rather than just psychological? Don't know which drugs you're talking about, but for a lot of them the brain starts adapting to drug use. So you have to have at least a little bit of that particular drug for the brain to be 'normal'.

If you haven't had them for a while, your brain might be in deficit of whatever hormone it was suppressing (because the drugs provided it) and might be causing that craving.

So possible solutions... really depends on if it's craving for a particular drug.

I will ask you to stay strong and don't give up!!! Regardless of why, you can get through this with some support!!! Do you have people in your support network you can talk to about this?
I honestly have no support network. I've been doing this on my own and have been clean for two years. This horrible craving just recently started with a bunch of stress and even when I'm not stressed it now lingers.


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Re: Happy and Sad - November 23rd 2013, 02:28 AM

hey listen you do NOT need drugs you are a very nice and sweet girl. Drugs your basically killing yourself. Please dont hurt we dont need to loose anyone. Meaning no one needs to loose someone they care about.. If you need anything PM/VM me ok? stay strong hun you can get through this

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Re: Happy and Sad - November 23rd 2013, 04:12 PM

Sorry to hear that Adalia!

As Jen said though, you can get through this. If nothing else, you've got a support network now with us!

Stress is a common trigger. The problem seems that dealing with the stress may not help, because you said the craving still lingers. Do you think you will take drugs again?


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Re: Happy and Sad - November 24th 2013, 10:22 PM

Hi there,
What Mahray said is right regarding physical dependence. However, since you said this was triggered by stress, than I'm thinking (depending on the type of drug you used) this is an issue of both physical and psychological dependence.
You mentioned being off the drug for 2 years now (WOO!!) so for the most part the physical symptoms of dependence would have gone by now, but the trigger of stress bringing on these cravings (which is actually really common and normal throughout recovery) can linger but they can also somewhat remind your body of that physical component of drug use.
You can get through this, it's unfortunately one of those difficult things you have to face when you're in recovery. There are many triggers for cravings, you just have to teach yourself ways to overcome them without putting your sobriety in danger. Since you said you had no support system, I would recommend coming on here when you're feeling like the cravings are too much and talking to someone in chat, on helplink, livehelp or the forums. Aside from that you may want to consider NA meetings (http://www.na.org/) occasionally to build some supportive and positive relationships, or there are some hotlines as well:

National Institute on Drug Abuse Hotline
(800) 662-4357

Cocaine Anonymous
(800) 347-8998

National Help Line for Substance Abuse
(800) 262-2463

Stay strong, these feelings will pass.


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Re: Happy and Sad - November 25th 2013, 07:30 PM

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I have no support at home because I never told anyone at home. If I do I risk losing everything I've worked so hard to get and everything I decided to get clean for. I've always done this on my own. Thank you for your compliments


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Re: Happy and Sad - November 25th 2013, 07:32 PM

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Sorry to hear that Adalia!

Do you think you will take drugs again?
After a day like I just had today, I honestly cannot promise anything. But I will try my best. Like I said, I have too much to lose. And thank you. I'm glad I have a support system on here.


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Re: Happy and Sad - November 25th 2013, 07:33 PM

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National Institute on Drug Abuse Hotline
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Cocaine Anonymous
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National Help Line for Substance Abuse
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Stay strong, these feelings will pass.
Thank you very much for the phone numbers


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