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Discussion in 'Sobriety Tips and Inspiration' started by remnant, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. remnant

    remnant Community Champion

    Majority of drug addicts experience hell on earth while trying to quit. Deaths from withdrawal symptoms have been reported. I happen to have a relative who was a smoker and knee-deep in alcoholism. One day, he quit. Just like that. Up to this moment, he has never relapsed and even talk about drugs does not interest him since it is no longer an issue in his realm any more.
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  2. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    Wow - that's definitely a show of some strong willpower there, it's very impressive to just be able to quit cold turkey without any slip ups or setbacks! I wonder what the turning point was that just made him quit - I feel like almost everyone has that eye opening realization and that's what makes them want to get on the path to sobriety.
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  3. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    How some people are able to quit cold turkey and successfully beat their addiction is something we really never can understand. There has to be more to it than just a strong will. One ex-addict I knew stopped drinking when his first kid came along. He loved his child more than alcohol.

    I suppose at times what one needs is a really good reason to fight and overcome their addiction.
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  4. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    @remnant... It's great that your relative was able to give up drinking and smoking just like that. He is likely an example of a recovery path that researcher William Miller labeled "quantum change." With quantum change, a minority of people are able to suddenly completely shift course, as opposed to the more typical recovery process of trying and failing multiple times before succeeding. The people who are able to stop a bad habit and not ever go back are indeed very lucky.
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  5. xTinx

    xTinx Community Champion

    Well some people have that kind of special ability to turn off something as if turning off a switch. You call that "resilience." And that's rare. Others aren't as fortunate. They need a support system and outside help - from experts or from people who care - in order to recover.
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  6. serenity

    serenity Community Champion

    Quitting cold turkey can be effective for some people while some struggle with it. I think if the addict can deal and resist the withdrawal symptoms that come with quitting then he is most likely to succeed in quitting cold turkey.
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  7. Min

    Min Active Contributor

    That's an amazing story - truly one in a million. There are things I quit doing slowly ... and the effects were lasting. But I think if I would quit something overnight without ever looking back ... well, I'm just not wired that way. And I think that's what it is - how your brain is wired. Those lucky few of us who can simply unplug that wire and move forward got the luck of the draw. I wonder if they walk away thinking "if it was this easy for me to do, what took me so long?"
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  8. kgord

    kgord Community Champion

    I wonder if the person who did that was truly an addict. I mean that is not something that the average person can do because drugs change your brain, your bio chemistry, your psychology and just about everything else that could change. It is hard to turn addiciton on and off like a switch for sure.
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  9. greybird29

    greybird29 Active Contributor

    Congratulations to your relative it can take strong will power to go cold turkey! For some folks it comes easy to quit and never crave relapse or look back; for others it seems impossible. In my opinion your relative would be considered a minority, a very lucky person and envied by the majority of us that struggle with the demons of addictions.

    How long ago did your relative drink/ smoke and how much/often? How long ago did they quit? Did they start any other habits or hobbies? Did they change their routine/social circle? What was their inspiration? Do they have any suggestions, tips or tricks for those struggling to quit.

    Best wishes to all in the journey of life.