Reducing your drug use

People recover from addiction every day. We see it happen in our services every single day. Managing your drug use may be the first step. It’s best to get some support if you are planning a change, whether that’s from friends and family, or with us at Addaction.

The ways in which you might manage your drug use may depend on:

  • What it is you are trying to stop or cut down e.g. reducing smoking will be different to reducing heroin use;
  • How regularly you are using the drug;
  • How long you have been using the drug;
  • What other things are happening in your life;
  • What support and resources are available to you.

There is no one right way to reduce drug use. Sometimes you may use a range of options to achieve it, or may try a number of approaches before you find the one that works best for you. What’s important is that you keep trying. With the right support anyone can reach recovery.

It is a good idea to talk to your doctor or a worker at about the best way to manage your drug use as some drugs may need to be reduced gradually to avoid medical complications.

Some suggestions for helping to manage your drug use may include:

  • Talking to someone you trust may be helpful.This person may be a friend, family member, recovery coach, peer mentor or your key-worker.
  • If possible get support from your family and friends. They may be more supportive of you if they know that you are trying to reduce its use.
  • Self help groups are made up of people who are affected by a particular drug problem. Instead of a group being run by a professional it is run by the members of the group. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are examples of self help groups. At Addaction we have a range of peer support groups.
  • Medical Treatment - reducing your drug intake may be done with the assistance of other drugs. The function of these drugs depends on what they are replacing. For more information about medical treatments you may want to come along to your nearest Addaction service.
  • Have things you can do to distract yourself when you feel like taking the drug, such as hanging out with friends who are not taking the drug, going for a run or walk, or listening to music.
  • Make it difficult to access drugs. For example if you are trying to stop smoking, throw out all your cigarettes, lighters and ashtrays so they are not tempting you.