What should I do when craving for Yaba comes?

by Rubayet
(Faridpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh)

I have been taking yaba about six years. It's making my life hell. I have been trying to stop this addiction from several months. I'm also consulting with an addiction specialist. He gave me two urine tests( may be sugar & drug). Sugar was normal but drug test result was positive. He prescribed some medicine for me (forgot the name or group). But while taking the medicine, I often woke up by the feeling of extreme hunger. After week I had to stop taking the medicine.

I've stopped seeing my friends who are also using Yaba, blocked them from contacting me, even moved to a new place. But I am failing to control myself when craving comes. I usually need 3-4 pills each day. My longest gap of not using was for about 8 months(4 years ago). And recently I was able to take a break of a single week.

Is there any way to stop craving or tips to avoid cravings?

Thank you.

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Join a 12 step group and consider trying meditation.
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Rubayet,

Addiction is a horrible disease that attacks the brain and convinces you that you MUST use to very well. The only way to totally stop cravings is to quit using yaba for long enough that the brain completely recovers and returns back to as it was before you began using. This can take a year or more to happen.

You've made a lot of very positive steps to quit using yaba, but there are a couple of more I would like to recommend.

First, find an AA or NA meeting near you and attend meetings as often as you can. AA and NA host 12 step meetings and will help you to learn to manage your cravings. These meeting are free and will connect you with a sponsor who you can call whenever you are afraid of using.

I've found a website that lists meetings in your area:

http://meetings.intherooms.com/meetings/search?latitude=23.396176&longitude=89.683384&proximity=100

Find meetings and support in your area and begin attending, this can truly help with the cravings. You will meet others who have successfully quit and you will feel much less alone.

Second, begin a daily regime of meditation, 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at night. When you have cravings, use meditation to avoid taking the drug.

Hopefully,these two suggestion will help you,

Debbie

Should I use any medicine?
by: Rubayet

Should i take any medicine which can help me to recover? Someone suggested that I try Imovane?

Yes you can take medicine to help you to end your addiction.
by: Debbie Wicker

Yes, taking a medication that is prescribed by a doctor is fine to help you to manage the symptoms of withdrawal and as you transition away from your addiction. It MUST be prescribed and the amount you take must be regulated by a doctor.

Many people move from addiction to one substance into an addiction to something else, that's why you must have a doctor help you to manage you usage.


Can you suggest any medicine?
by: Rubayet

I met up with a doctor and talk to him in detail about my addiction to Yaba. He just suggested me to stop taking Yaba slowly.

Is it really a solution, or should I try to stop completely? Can you can suggest to me any medicine or any expert in Bangladesh?

There are some medications that may help you with your symptoms.
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Rubayet,

Here is a web page that lists some medications that may help you with your Yaba withdrawal symptoms. Yaba is called methamphetamine in the US and that's what this web page is listed under.

Please visit this page:

http://www.addictionrecoveryguide.org/medication/methamphetamine

Usually it is VERY difficult to quit Yaba a little at a time, somehow you always end up back where you started. I would recommend trying to get one of these medications from your doctor and then not using at all.

I don't know any doctors to recommend for addiction in Bangladdesh.

Good Luck,

Debbie

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