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How to stop an addiction

I need help stopping my addiction. If you have any strategies or suggestions that you've used or seen work could you please tell me

Re: How to stop an addiction

Hey there @Gary13527 first up well done on reaching out. It takes a lot of bravery to ask for help sometimes, and you're right it's really important you seek some support. We can't give any medical advice on RO however I can link you into a few services that'll help.


There's drug counselling online  here as well as FDS Aus's support line here. Both these services are 24/7. KHL are a great service too, they work with people up to 25 years of age. You can chat to them on 1800 55 1800. 


Have you sought any support from a GP yet? Are you in a safe space tonight? Heart

Re: How to stop an addiction

hey @Gary13527 and well done for reaching out for support. @TOM-RO has laready linked some services for you but would you consider talking to someone in person as in face to face with a psychologist to help you as well?
**NEVER be afraid to ask for help because you're WORTH it!**

Re: How to stop an addiction

Hey @Gary13527, welcome to ReachOut! You have taken a massive step by posting on here today, and I just want to acknowledge how much courage and strength that takes. Heart I just wanted to give you a quick heads up that I moved your post into "Getting Help" so that other members of the community will see this post more easily and give you some well deserved encouragement!


It's really important to seek help from a professional, and @TOM-RO has linked some great support services. Kids Helpline also has webchat if you would prefer. I also like @scared01's suggestion of speaking to someone face to face. Have you considered speaking to a GP, counsellor or psychologist about this?


Please let us know how you go. We're here for you. Heart

Re: How to stop an addiction

hello @Gary13527, just wondering how you have been going and wanted to mention another service that might be useful - the Alcohol and Drug Information Service which you can call anytime of day Smiley Happy

Re: How to stop an addiction

Hi @Gary13527. It's great to see that you've made the first step in recovery by reaching out for support and recognizing that you may have addiction issues. 


I've been there myself so I know of a few services that you could look into depending on what help you would like and where you are located. For me, the only thing that truly helped me put a stop to the cycle of using was by literally moving an hour away from where I was living before. A new start away from everything that was my old life.


Are you in Melbourne? If so, check out SHARC. They provide treatment for young people with substance abuse issues.  


Re: How to stop an addiction

Thank you guys for your concern I am in a safe place but my addiction isn't to drugs it's to porn and it's disrupting my life and I'm too ashamed to talk to anyone face to face about it

Re: How to stop an addiction

Hey there @Gary13527,  thanks for opening up to us about being addicted to porn. It sounds like its really impacting your life, so it's awesome that you've taken the brave step to start the conversation, and start seeking help. I know this issue can feel shameful and embarrassing to talk about - but its much more common than people think. Addiction can really effect anyone - and porn addiction is something that's come up on this forum many times.  The good news is help exists, and recovery is possible. 


An addiction to anything, often has similar strategies to over come - a lot of the work people do to overcome their addictive behavior is about resisting urges, and replacing the behavior you want to stop, with something else. 


We had a chat about porn a  while ago over here  that you might want to check out. 

We also have some content on our website about addiction generally here 


Sounds like getting professional help could be really helpful for you, - but I understand that it can be hard to do this face to face. 

SMART recovery is an addiction service that is free , and available all over Australia - check out their website here

If you want something that is not face to face - counselling online is a free service that specialises in addiction. 


We're here to chat , and maybe some other members will share some of their strategies and experiences as well. 


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