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Why can\'t I control my use?

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Asked: 2018-12-11 23:50:55
It seems like no matter what I do, I can't control my drug use. I do the best I can, I try to not let it interfere with my life but as time goes on, I can't control it anymore. Is there anything I can do to not allow drugs to run my life anymore? I don't want to quit using but I don't know what to do.


Answered: 2018-12-12 22:32:13

Hi Melina. It sounds like you may have an addiction. An addiction creates the desire and need to use your drug to ensure that it has a continous flow of the chemical it's now dependent on. I think it's time to consider substance abuse treatment. It's nothing to be ashamed of. I did it for an accidental addiction to my prescription pain meds and now I'm a recovery addict who's also a lawyer that argues with a judge for people with drug offense indictments almost every day. It's not your fault and it's not too late.


Answered: 2018-12-13 23:28:28

I've had a similar experience in my life. I always wanted to quit or not take as much of the drugs I was taking. Honestly, I would try to stop doing one substance and substitute for a different one. By doing this I was hoping that I would be able to slow down my rate of substance use, because like you I didn't want to stop either... just maintain. However with time things in my life got too painful to cope and I gave it all up for good (best decision of my life by the way).


Answered: 2019-01-30 18:46:40

This is a tough one. First of all, don't blame yourself. When you're using an addictive drug, the need for it seems to grow little by little every day until your life revolves around it and that's not good. I don't see it ever getting better on its own so I would consider reaching out to someone for help. I know it probably sounds super intimidating to do, but this turmoil you're in will only get worse until you do. It might be time to put a stop to it before you start feeling serious consequences.

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