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What event made you quit?

Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by HalfBeard, Jan 5, 2016.

  1. HalfBeard

    HalfBeard Active Contributor

    What event, experience, thought, or epiphany made some of you guys decide to change your lives and try to quit and recover?
  2. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    It wasn't really an event, as such, more than a combined total of the things I'd done while under the influence of alcohol. I remembered thinking at one point "is this really all there is to life?" and thinking that goals I had in life for things like starting a family and traveling the world wouldn't be possible if I was drinking all the time. So it was mainly that reason that made me realize I had a problem and made me commit to overcoming it.
  3. serenity

    serenity Community Champion

    I just lost interest smoking cigarettes, I never really got addicted to it. I last smoked way back 2010, and I never craved for it again. It's nice to know that I don't have an addictive personality.
  4. HalfBeard

    HalfBeard Active Contributor

    Would you say your own thoughts and introspection played a big role?
  5. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    Definitely - I think that was key. I guess I've always been someone that has dwelled on things a lot (can be both a good and a bad thing!) and I just knew that it wasn't a lifestyle I wanted to lead anymore.
  6. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    For me it was the realization that the addiction had taken over my life. I couldn't get anything done because all I had on my mind was the "fix." I had to choose between be in control of my life and having drugs enslave me forever. I chose the former.
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  7. HalfBeard

    HalfBeard Active Contributor

    These are some awesome anecdotes guys. Hopefully seeing them will inspire others to share the same road as you! Keep it up!
  8. Cheeky_Chick

    Cheeky_Chick Community Champion

    I realised how much of my life I was wasting due to either being drunk or hungover, and I just knew that I couldn't carry on like this anymore, because it was having a real impact on me. So I decided that I was going to stop drinking, and I have stuck to that decision, and my life is a lot better since I changed my habits.
  9. FuZyOn

    FuZyOn Community Champion

    Simply because I didn't see the point anymore. I was unhappy, addicted and a lot of my money was going down the drain for no reason. I went from having a lot of disposable cash to barely paying rent and affording a couple of clothes monthly. That's when I realize that I will collapse if I don't make a change.
  10. pstrong1969

    pstrong1969 Community Champion

    Its taking me so many wasted years getting to the point of where Im at in my addiction and recovery. I had to go thru so much pain and heartache and loss of freedom, loss of self, loss of family. I gave up so much to be an Addict. I was killing myself physically, spiritually, and emotionally with drugs and alcohol. I finally got sick and tired of being sick and tired and decided to get help.
  11. rz3300@

    rz3300@ Senior Contributor

    My body went ahead and told me, and it did not do so quietly. I finally hit a wall, and I consider myself lucky in a weird way. It is not until after the fact that you really realize how close it can take you, which is scary. It is the classic I wish I had known then what I know now. Its an everyday thing though, so it has to keep being the reason why I quit.
  12. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    I used to do marijuana and other drugs occasionally when I was young, and really had no significant event that made me quit, I guess I just aged out of them when I started working and became responsible enough to know that I needed to be able to pass drug tests. I quit smoking when. I started to develop a nasty cough.
  13. ellyjude

    ellyjude Active Contributor

    My younger brother died while still addicted to heroine. I was also an addict then but after his death i decided to take the turn for the best. I am still recovering from my brother's loss and from the addictive life.
  14. knitmehere

    knitmehere Community Champion

    A lot of things lead up to me quitting. I had a child, I was raped by my best friend while he was high on the same thing I liked to take, I had walked away from all of my friends and family, etc.
  15. Nergaahl

    Nergaahl Community Champion

    My body got covered in scars and I literally had no space to cut anymore. The only option would had been cutting in visible spots, but I did not want to hear or think about it. Then I realized how serious an issue it was and decided that it was time to change something. My body will never recover, but at least my mind did. My scars are my memories and a life lesson.
  16. anorexorcist

    anorexorcist Community Champion

    There wasn't a certain event that made me quit, but seeing time pass so quickly and losing time using substances that I could spend healthier with my family and some friends did, I want to enjoy every moment of my life in the best way I can, that includes keeping myself away from substances.
  17. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    I wasn't a full-blown alcoholic at the time I quit drinking, but I was certainly on my way to becoming one. My son attempted suicide at age 15 and then proceeded to start using drugs. His addiction hit me hard and, ironically, I started drinking more to help me "cope" with things. When my son was in treatment for heroin addiction, we had a family therapy session. The therapist told me, "Be the change you want to see in your son." That really resonated with me and I quit drinking that day. That was 7+ years ago, and it was one of the best things I've ever done.
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  18. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    For me it was when I realized i was hurting my mom as much as she hurt me when I was a kid and she was an alcoholic. Her addiction changed my life, I like to think that even though it exposed me to a lot terrible experiences no child should ever be exposed to, it's thanks to that I am who I am. Yes, at first I thought and even blamed her for ruining my life, but now I no longer feel that way... everything happens for a reason, yes, even my addiction.
  19. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Community Champion

    I haven't really ditched alcohol for good. I was a pretty heavy drinker before, but I have now became a social drinker. What made me lessen my alcohol consumption was my spiritual relationship with God.
  20. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    For me it was a culmination of things that finally made me want to quit and finally achieve it.

    I could see myself slowly sinking and on the verge of losing everything so I knew then that if I didn't act quickly and change then I'd be dead within a couple of years.