Changing your habits
It can take time to change drug and alcohol habits. It might be helpful to read online information, build in some drug and/or alcohol free days in your week and let your friends know you are trying to cut down and ask for their support.
Try exercise, meditation or doing things you enjoy to tackle stress and anxiety rather than using drugs or alcohol.
After you have decided to change your drug and alcohol habits, having a strong support network around you is really important. Support from friends and family is essential; they will provide reassurance and encouragement when you need it most. You should also consider including a drug and alcohol worker or counsellor in your plan for change.
While there are many things about drug and alcohol use that are unpredictable, one thing we know for sure is that they affect mental health. Reducing or cutting out drug and alcohol use can improve your health and wellbeing. It’s not always easy but it is worth it.