Shift your mindset

Your relationships with substances may evolve as you go through life's ups and downs. That could mean deciding to use less, to stop using, or to rethink how much or when you use alcohol and/or other drugs.

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As you reflect on your experiences with drugs and alcohol, ask yourself the following questions. You may realize your substance use isn’t serving you anymore and decide to stop using or cut back.

Ask yourself:

Still not sure? Explore your situation further.

Shatterproof Treatment Atlas is a free and confidential platform that helps people understand their needs. Answer a few short questions and this tool will point you in the right direction. All content is available in English and Spanish.

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How to find support

If your drug or alcohol use is getting harder to manage, you can make a change. Learn how to reduce your risk, and explore our resources to learn strategies and hear stories from people who’ve been where you are.

What you have to gain

When you decide to cut back on drugs or alcohol or stop using substances, you’re making a big decision. Changing your patterns around substance use will take effort, and there may be ups and downs along the way. Don’t give up on yourself. Celebrate your wins — big and small. 

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The benefits of changing your patterns, cutting back, or stopping your substance use include:

  • Reducing your risk of developing an addiction or experiencing an overdose
  • Growing your self-confidence and self-respect
  • Improving your mental, physical, and spiritual health
  • Being there for your family, friends, and pets
  • Developing healthier ways to cope with trauma, stress, and pain
  • Spending more time with your loved ones
  • Connecting with others in your community
  • Strengthening cultural connections and traditions
  • Finding ways to express yourself creatively
  • Balancing your priorities
  • Making progress toward your goals
  • Having time and money to dedicate to activities that matter to you

Need immediate help?

  • Call SAMHSA's National Helpline

    Available 24 hours
    Languages: English, Spanish

  • Call the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

    Available 24 hours
    Languages: English, Spanish

  • Text the Crisis Text Line

    Text HOME to 741741
    Available 24 hours
    Languages: English, Spanish