I ran into an old friend of mine a few years ago, and he told me a harrowing tale of how he rid himself of a coke addiction (actually I believe it was crack, but this seemed the appropriate forum to post this story). He's a jazz musician and fell on some hard times, and he told me that he'd become an addict. Then one morning he looked at himself in the mirror, saw how he'd deteriorated, and began to cry. He said that was when he decided he needed to change. But rather than go cold turkey, he said he actually gave in to his cravings, and gradually reduced his intake over time. It has to be said that he said he found a book on breathing, and also re-doubled his focus on his craft as well, so that may have had something to do with it. Has anyone else heard of someone actually TAKING the drug they're trying to quit, in order to kick the habit? Granted, my buddy is a very willful person, but I was curious if anyone else had heard of similar stories.