Keep the Goal of Quitting, Today


For some addicts, holding on to the idea that they are quitting “forever” is very important—we need that big goal. I am one such addict. To quit, I needed the grand promise that I was quitting forever, that my using days were definitely over and behind me. Crystal was to be banished from my life henceforth! If this works for you, great. Hold up that big prize and keep it in sight.

But not everyone thinks this way. And, even if you do, there will most likely be moments during your early recovery when you really crave a hit of meth.

At times like these, it might not help to think about quitting “forever.” Here, it’s better to think in terms of days, sometimes even minutes or hours. Come on, not using for a day is a lot easier than not using for a month!

Sometimes it pays to keep your goal of quitting small and easier to reach.

Don’t set yourself up for failure if “quitting forever” seems too overwhelming. When I had a craving in my first few months, I would promise myself that, if I still had the craving tomorrow, I’d use then. Here was the bargain: I merely needed to postpone using today until tomorrow and then I could have one last party. (And I was serious—it was a real promise.) At first, this sounds like a recipe for relapse, right? Here’s what happened. Every time without fail, when tomorrow came, I felt one thing—immense gratitude that I didn’t use the day before.

Keep the goal of quitting small when you need to, but keep the goal of quitting for today.

  • Terry Willis

    For me “quitting is forever”. When I become an addict for a specific drug, it made me more complications in my life. I can’t do good things and I’d ruined my family. When I started to on the right track of life in Drug Help Recovery Treatment, I decide to move forward and not getting back to the past. I want to build another journey with those people I loved and prove to them that I really care. I know that quitting is not that kind of easy to do, but if want it to make it, you can do it. Just give yourself a goal in life and have some respect for other people around you. Thanks for your article. It boosts my confidence to make a good thing happen.

  • Aya Lorene Ventura