Then be prepared; quitting Tina is unlikely to be easy.
You need to be highly motivated and disciplined to quit Tina without assistance.
Ask family, friends or men with some experience of this for support.
Quitting Tina isn’t physically dangerous.
But it is definitely emotionally and psychologically challenging.
❗Do you have a history of psychosis, depression or suicidal tendencies?
If so, professional assistance is advisable.
Would you really rather do without it?
Then make sure that you have daily contact with someone you trust.
Seek help if things start to go wrong.
If you’re on antidepressants, do not, under any circumstances, stop taking them!
❗Are you physically dependent on downers like GHB, GBL, alcohol, benzos or opiates?
Don’t try quitting downers from one day to the next.
Quitting without assistance can be risky, even fatal.
Always quit under supervision; seek help at a clinic.
– What to expect?
– Phase 1 – The crash
– Phase 2 – The pink cloud
– Phase 3 – The wall
– Phase 4 – Adaptation
– Phase 5 – Recovery
What to expect?
Tina exerts a powerful influence on the brain’s functions and on the way you experience things.
It takes a while for your brain chemistry and old self to recover.
As you recover, you may need to build a new way of life.
Give this time, as it can’t be done overnight.
Your experience of quitting, and what you experience when, will be unique.
It’ll depend a great deal on how long you used for, how much you used, your age and your personal circumstances.
When you quit Tina, you go through several phases.
The duration of each phase differs from one person to the next.
Symptoms and phases sometimes overlap.
Phase 1 – The crash
Quitting Tina after a period of intensive use typically triggers a physical and emotional crash.
This can last several days to a few weeks.
You will usually experience severe craving and mood swings during this period.
You may also experience physical symptoms such as tremors (uncontrollable twitching), extreme fatigue, a marked spike in appetite and sleep problems.
Some are plagued by incessant teeth grinding, clenched jaw muscles and night sweats.
Psychological symptoms often include depression, anxiety and despair.
Some experience paranoia and hallucinations.
In most cases, the worst symptoms will start to ease within a week.
You may also have problems concentrating, and may suffer memory loss.
This can last several months, and they’re often most pronounced in this phase.
You have to endure the crash in order to quit.
Physical and mental refuelling is the priority during the crash period.
Your cravings will be severe, and your mental state unstable, so it will be vital to avoid temptations.
Phase 2 – The pink cloud
Once the worst of the crash is over, it’s usually followed by promising period of progress.
This often lasts several weeks.
You’ll feel a bit stronger, both physically and mentally.
You may feel better than you’ve felt for a while, and everything will appear to be getting better.
Most guys feel relieved and euphoric during this phase.
However, the first fantasies of using again often appear during this phase.
Phase 3 – The wall
After a few weeks of rising energy levels and hope, you may run into a wall.
The reality of life without Tina often becomes brutally clear at this point.
This usually lasts a few weeks to a few months.
Body and mind are slowly recovering.
You may find it difficult to concentrate, stick to plans or retain information.
This is because your system is correcting the chemical imbalance in the brain.
The craving for Tina may still reoccur on a regular basis.
Emotions suppressed with Tina often make themselves felt in full now.
Lots of men find it hard to feel joy during this phase, and experience the period as empty and boring.
It’s a condition known as anhedonia, and it also afflicts people suffering from burnout, depression or schizophrenia.
This, too, is the result of the disruption of brain chemistry (especially dopamine levels).
In addition, Tina often damages the dopamine receptors.
All of this takes time to recover.
This is often the riskiest period.
The commitment to quitting and the early enthusiasm have now faded.
It can feel as if nothing but boredom, depression and despair lie ahead.
This stage may produce a severe craving for Tina and a strong desire for sex.
It’s as if your brain is doing everything it can to get you to use Tina again.
Phase 4 – Adaptation
You’ve made it “through the wall”, and you’re starting to feel more energetic and sharper.
You’ll notice that you’re no longer triggered as easily as you used to be.
The overwhelming cravings will have gradually become less severe.
You’ll be resisting triggers weekly now, rather than daily.
Depending on the duration and extent of your usage, you will probably enter this phase after 4 to 6 months.
Your brain chemistry is recovering its balance and you’re slowly starting to enjoy life again.
Life is becoming manageable again.
Instead of merely “surviving”, you can now focus on your “new life”.
Your main task now is to adapt to a Tina-free life, physically, sexually, socially and emotionally.
You will become aware of what you lost as a result of using, and of any damage you may have caused.
This is often accompanied by mourning, sadness, shame and guilt.
It’s not uncommon for uncomfortable emotions temporarily anaesthetised by chems to surface again.
Phase 5 – Recovery
Your old patterns of usage are now a distant memory, after half a year to a year without chems.
To some, it can feel like a completely different life; others still think about it every day.
Recovery is an ongoing process.
You remain susceptible to unexpected triggers.