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How to Get Clean from Drugs

Whether you are trying to get off drugs yourself, or helping a friend do so, getting clean is a hard process. There are various methods of getting clean, but it’s important that the addict has support, since it is very difficult to do this alone.

There are many ways for a friend to show support. Just being there can help, but it isn’t the only way to help someone who needs to get clean and quit drugs. Sometimes, tough love is necessary, which is why interventions are so useful.

An intervention forces the addict to take an honest look at his life. Their friends and family members get together and basically ambush the addict. They then give them a very harsh choice . . . clean up, or lose everyone close to them. Some people don’t respond well to interventions, others will be shocked that everyone is so hurt by what they are doing to themselves and will accept the offer of support and help as they make the journey to quit abusing drugs.

However, not everyone has a family that can help them. If you or someone you know has virtually no support, then it can be next to impossible to quit. When all your friends are drug addicts as well, there’s no real incentive to stay clean. However, you still have options. Many people have found support groups like Narcotics Anonymous to be very helpful in guiding them through the process of getting clean. Following a 12-step program may work for some who are quitting drugs, but this is definitely not for everyone.

In some cases, medical help is necessary and at this point, it is a good idea to have support from friends and family, as well as a place to stay. Depending on the personality of the addict, staying in a rehab center might be a good option. It’s a controlled environment and there is a routine to follow, with therapy and group sessions to help make the withdrawal easier. Often, medications will be used to ease the transition and reduce the unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal or to eliminate the craving for a drug. These medications are most often prescribed for heavier drug use, particularly when dealing with heroin or meth addictions.

Some people actually do better outside of a rehab center. The medical treatment for drug abuse is the same and can be done on an outpatient basis in many cases. That means you get the meds and head home. The danger here is that it’s very easy to fall back into the drug habit when you are in the same situation all the time, with the same people. It’s a good idea to find a place to stay where drugs are not available, such as with a clean friend.

Quitting alcohol or drugs is never an easy process, but with the right support, it is very possible. 70% of those who have proper treatment for their addiction are able to remain drug free after the fact and enjoy living clean.””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””

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  1. Thanks for offering me helpful details related with drug free life. There are lots of options available in this site for addicted people. Drug rehabs centers are good choice for addicted people as these centers offer best treatment to alcohol addicted people. There are 12 step programs are also described in this online resource for drug addicted youths.