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Session 7: Other Drugs & Alcohol: Do They Count?

People who have recognized they have a problem with a particular substance sometimes believe it is okay to use other drugs that are not their

p r i m a r y d r u g o f c h o i c e . F o r e x a m p l e , a c r y s t a l a b u s e r m i g h t f e e okay to l use ecstasy at parties, or an alcoholic might feel okay to smoke pot to

relax. Thinking about the role other drugs, such as marijuana, poppers, ecstasy, GHB, Special K, cocaine or crack cocaine play in your treatment is important because they can:

  • (a)

    lead to serious problems in your life on their own;

  • (b)

    make it harder to stay off crystal.

By looking at your use of other drugs, you can figure out if any substances are causing you problems or leading to your use of crystal.

REMEMBER

Some people can continue using other drugs while not using their primary drug, but people who stop ALL drugs are generally more successful in staying away from their drug of choice.

How often do you drink? On average, how much do you drink on any single evening when you do drink alcohol? Do you drink to get drunk?

What about other ecstasy, Special K,

drugs?

How often

or other

party drugs?

do

you

use

marijuana,

poppers,

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Session 7: Other Drugs & Alcohol: Do They Count?

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