I want to cut down or stop
Tips for managing withdrawal yourself
Not everyone needs to go to detox. Lots of young people manage to detox or have a break from using without the need for professional intervention.
Not everyone experiences withdrawal symptoms if they stop using. Whether or not you will is largely to do with whether or not you are dependent on a drug.
If you plan (or even find yourself) going without drugs or alcohol here are some tips for managing withdrawal symptoms .
- Learn how to deal with cravings
- Have Baths, showers, and use heatpacks to relieve tension and to feel relaxed
- Use meditation (Smiling Mind is an easy way to start)
- Book in for a massage
- Eat and drink well. Eat plenty of fruit and vegies and drink lots of fluids such as water.
- Prepare activities to keep you occupied. Plan visits to supportive friends, family. Go to the movies, get out of the house but be careful of risky times or situations
- Ask for help from family and friends if possible-supportive care is so important!
- Get professional help or advice if you need it. You don’t have to do it alone. You also don’t have to feel too physically uncomfortable. Although we don’t recommend specific medication or remedies without personal assessment, most physical withdrawal can be helped with medication and other remedies if required.
These are general tips, you can always seek personal advice if you are planning to cease your use. You should also get medical advice if you are planning to cease or significantly reduce your use of benzos or alcohol. Although not common for young people dependence on these drugs can lead to potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
Remember specialised services also offer support to help you manage withdrawal at home or in your community as well as residential withdrawal options. Contact YoDAA for more info on withdrawal support options.