Stimulants

Recovering from stimulant misuse can be challenging but people can and do recover.

Just How Much Alcohol Is Really in That Drink? Maybe More than You Think

One of the first steps in learning how to stop drinking so much is to determine how much alcohol is in your favorite drink. It may well be more than you think. Now more than ever, in the age of supersize drink pours and growing wine glasses, it’s important to understand the alcohol content %, in order to determine how...
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Just How Much Alcohol Is Really in That Drink? Maybe More than You Think

A Review of Digital Tools for Alcohol Problems

We and others have been developing and evaluating digital tools to help people with alcohol problems for over 20 years now. And an analysis of the field (the first) has just been published. It gets a bit into the weeds but if you’ll stick with it, there’s good news at the end. Brian Kiluk and colleagues have published the results...
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A Review of Digital Tools for Alcohol Problems

11 Tips On How to Deal with Urges and Cravings to Drink and Use Drugs

There are a number of ways to manage and reduce urges or cravings. There is no single best method or silver bullet. And some are more helpful early on in your efforts to change your drinking, whether it be to cut back or to stop drinking entirely. Others we consider somewhat more advanced strategies. The list I present here is...
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11 Tips On How to Deal with Urges and Cravings to Drink and Use Drugs

How to Help a Family Member With a Drinking Problem: 8 Tips

If you’re concerned about someone else’s drinking or drug use, this post is for you. “Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” (Dali Lama). And this applies to heavy drinking. Heavy drinking affects not only the drinker but his or her family, friends, work and social...
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How to Help a Family Member With a Drinking Problem: 8 Tips

What is it?

If you are concerned about your stimulant use, our stimulant module can be helpful. It combines exercises to help you consider your own motivation for stopping with cognitive behavioral exercises to help you achieve your goals, if you decide to change. The program was originally developed for SMART Recovery (www.smartrecovery.org) and we have tailored it for stimulants with the help of experts in the field.

Detox

Depending on your recent pattern of use you may need help with detox. And the longer you’ve been using, the longer can be the period of detox. It takes time for your brain to recover once you’ve stopped. So we urge you to consult with your primary care provider about detox before taking steps by yourself.

Urges and Cravings

Urges to use are natural when you stop using. While urges can be uncomfortable, they won’t physically damage you. Our Urges section of the Abstain module can help you develop skills to better deal with your urges.

Triggers

Urges and cravings are usually brought on by “triggers.” Triggers can be external (using friends) or internal (feeling down or depressed). Identifying and then developing a plan for dealing with your urges is an entire set of exercises in the Abstain-Stimulants program.