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Question Urges to get high again. Need some advice. - December 3rd 2013, 07:56 AM

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Back story: My ex girlfriend was really against drugs, alcohol or anything like that. We ended up breaking up because of me getting high all the time and what not but before we did I made her a promise that I wouldn't get high anymore.
I haven't since then but as of late I'm having a really hard time and I'm jonesing it seems all the time. I've been trying to distract myself with other things but it's like the only thing that seems to help is when I go drinking with my boyfriend and friends, and I know it's a horrible thing to replace one addiction with another so I'm trying not to do that. I originally started all of this to help take the edge off so I wouldn't self harm and it seems like I'm just continuously kicking one habit only to get into another one. I've tried all of the things in the self harm section to help try not to (rubber bands, ice, ect) and nothings working. I just need some advice, I'm afraid I'm going to start getting high again.
   
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Re: Urges to get high again. Need some advice. - December 3rd 2013, 07:11 PM

I am actually having a very similar problem. I've even used recently. The only thing that I've found to help so far is talking to someone and feeling like someone actually cares. But I have to feel like the person cares about who I am and not what I do if that makes sense. If you find any other things that help, please feel free to let me know


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Re: Urges to get high again. Need some advice. - December 16th 2013, 07:35 PM

Firstly, make sure you don't have alcohol or drugs in the house. If you don't have access to it, you're much less likely to be able to do it (which I know is obvious).
Second, remember that it's okay to go out and have a drink every once in awhile, but make sure you aren't doing this every day. Try and find other activities that you can do with your friends or significant other that doesn't involve alcohol. You can go out to dinner, go see a movie, go bowling, etc.
As for alternatives, you want to find activities that distract yourself. You can get some exercise, do something creative such as drawing or writing poetry, or call up a friend whenever you get the urge.
I also find keeping a tally of the days you make it through without relapsing can be a good motivator. It doesn't feel good to have to start over, and having a visual of how long you've gone without can show you that you are capable of being sober.


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Re: Urges to get high again. Need some advice. - December 17th 2013, 01:24 AM

Have you tried talking to your partner and friends about the urges that you have been having? Do you have a therapist or sponsor that you can talk to as well? It's important to address the urges that you're having, especially if you're set on not relapsing. Another thing I'd suggest is write down the emotions that you're feeling so you know what emotions trigger the emotions that trigger a relapse. That way, it'll be easier to identify and avoid your triggers and to actually address what's wrong rather than turning to drugs or cutting.
   
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