For a long-time psychedelic drug user, it can be very difficult to give up the use of these substances. At first, it can be exciting and fun to use these drugs, but when they begin to disrupt you’re every day life, it can be very necessary to make the choice to live without using them. Below are some tips for living a life free of psychedelic drug use, which will, in the long run, often be much safer, healthier, and better for your overall lifestyle.
Avoid All Mind-Altering Substances
If you are choosing to end your psychedelic drug use, it is important to avoid all substances with mind-altering properties, as even those that can seem more mild can still lead you down a dangerous path. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, four of the “most common types of hallucinogens” include LSD, peyote, psilocybin or psychedelic mushrooms, and PCP, and these are the substances most people think of when psychedelics come to mind. However, THC, which is present in marijuana, has psychedelic properties as well, as does salvia divinorum and MDMA or ecstasy. You may even need to avoid mild substances for a while, like caffeine, if they cause you to feel too many intense effects.
Remove Temptations from Your Life
It can be difficult to remove every temptation to abuse psychedelic drugs from your life, but those that can be removed should be––at least for now. When you make the decision to stop abusing psychedelics, it is important to take any items that remind you of the times when you used these substances out of your home, especially any drug-related paraphernalia.
In addition, you may want to avoid places where you used to abuse these drugs as well as people with whom you would use them. It can be hard to do this, but it is important for your overall recovery. It will be difficult enough for you to deal with triggers that you are not prepared for, so make sure any items, places, or people that may trigger you or possibly cause you to relapse are out of sight until you are stronger.
Reach Out to Your Loved Ones
Reaching out to those who support your decision to stop abusing drugs can be extremely beneficial to you. If you are feeling frustrated, weak, or worried that you may return to drug abuse, call a friend or ask a family member to stay with you. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “The process of recovery is supported through relationships and social networks.”
You may choose to see a drug counselor or attend professional inpatient or outpatient care to strengthen your recovery and allow you to learn better coping techniques for the times that you might face cravings to abuse these drugs. In addition, support groups, like Narcotics Anonymous and SMART Recovery, can be extremely helpful to one’s overall recovery, allowing them to create a support system of others who have experienced the same problems.
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