Dealing with addiction

Addiction is a problem to many people around the world. A lot of these people with these addictions try hard enough to hide it from the world around them because of the fear of being judged.

But then, What is an addiction?

Addiction is a complicated condition of the brain where there is the attachment to a particular thing or behavior that affects the proper functioning of the mind and body. It destroys relationships with family, friends and the world around. The more you try to get rid of the addiction the more you crave for it. The crave for it gets intense and almost irresistible. Addiction is really difficult to control without help

One can be addicted to;

  • Tobacco
  • Sedatives
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Sex
  • Cocaine
  • Hallucinogens
  • Pornography
  • Inhalants
  • Opioid painkillers

What can cause someone to be an addict?

  • Loneliness
  • Traumatic experiences
  • High levels of stress
  • Emotional and psychological trauma

What are some effects of addiction?

  • People with such addictions have distorted thinking and improper functioning of the brain.
  • There’s the feeling of guilt.
  • It destroys relationships with family and friends.
  • There’s depression, anxiety, memory loss, aggression and mood swings.

How do we deal with addiction?

There are many out there fighting with addictions. Looking for a way out of their situation. Trying everything possible to overcome what is haunting them. These are a few ways to deal with an addiction.

  • ¬†Speak to a person you trust. In order to deal with your addiction, you’ve got to have a trustable person or people you can talk to. People who will be there whenever you need them. People who will understand your situation and will be willing to stand by you.
  • Take it easy. You can’t just stop an addiction at once. You’ve got to take one step at a time. If you used to do it every day, try to reduce it to once every two days then to once every week and on.
  • Set reminders. Remind yourself each time of how you want to stop the addiction. Motivate yourself each day. Tell yourself how you’re capable of overcoming the addiction.
  • ¬†Socialize. Make new friends. Go out with friends, have fun and avoid being alone. Sit with your family, watch movies together. Do things that will get your mind off.
  • ¬†Get rid of all temptations. Dispose of everything that will lead you back to the addiction. Take away everything that will remind you to go back.

 

 

 

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