Understanding Addiction and the Simplicity of Cure

Addiction is a psychological trait that urges you to perform a repetitive task that’s absolutely detrimental to youhealth, work or life in general. Being addicted to a particular task provides someone instant gratification but the person regrets it in the long-term. Addiction can turn into a severe medical condition on an extreme level.

Drug addicts, alcoholics, bulimics, shopaholics, workaholics all of them possess few common traits and the addiction comes up as part of the coping mechanism. First let us evaluate the causes that lead to addictive behavior and then we come with some possible cures to the problem.

Primary concerns to address

A temporary solution

In the face of a problem, victims resort to taking drugs, alcohol or chocolate in hopes that it will make them feel better. After a point of time, they fail to realize that this is turning into a long-term habit that they cannot back-out off. The situation is ultimately reversed, and without performing the addictive behavior, victims start facing problems such as- anxiety, paranoia etc.

Sense of reward

Every day’s emotional turmoil, a particular trauma or simply a case of depression leads to addictive behavior. Over eating makes the person happy at that point or taking drugs makes them light-headed. They start feeling that they deserve to loosen up a bit and be rewarded for all the pains they have endured.

Medium of distraction

Addiction towards something acts as a distraction for the existing problem at hand. For instance, suffering from a financial crisis and still shopping and raising the credit card bills keeps one temporarily distracted about the upcoming problem. Victims keep on repeating the task thinking of turning it into a permanent form of distraction.

Precaution and Remedial measures

Self-awareness

Addiction does not occur in a day or two. A series of continuous pattern leads to addictive behavior. If something makes you temporarily happy, try and analyze first whether the activity will be harmful for you in the longer run or not. Self-awareness is the first key to being away from addiction. If you feel you are not capable enough to refrain yourself from doing a particular task, ask for help. It’s okay to take a second opinion and ask someone close to you to make you stop performing repetitive tasks.

Dealing with emotional pain

If it’s a tangible problem, the solution is easy but for something as subjective as emotional pain (anxiety, depression, boredom to name just a few areas), the tendency towards instant gratification is higher, ultimately causing addiction. If you are suffering from emotional turmoil, the first step would be to talk to someone close, someone who would understand you.

If you feel that you cannot rely on anyone, going to a shrink or psychiatrist is a good option. Understand that, being emotionally unstable or upset about something does not mean you are abnormal and it’s completely okay to just and go and consult with a shrink about everyday problem.

Controlling impulses

Impulsive behavior is a major cause for not being able to properly deal with addiction. You need to distract yourself from performing the task. You can go for three types of distraction techniques-visual, cognitive or manual. Something that you like seeing is part of visual distraction technique. For instance, if you have a weakness towards alcohol, watching a movie or series is part of visual distraction technique.

For cognitive or manual distraction process, you will need to stick to few committed tasks. For instance, doing yoga, meditation, fitness activities are part of cognitive or manual distractions.

When will you need medical help?

The symptoms would be quite clear when you will require medical treatment or help. Initially, the addiction can be controlled by the addict himself if taken proper measure. However, when the addiction is impacting your health, work-life balance or emotional stability, you will know that you need external help.

Immediately consult with a doctor if you are having problems while dealing with addictive behaviors. Medications can be both physical and mental and you will need to be patient throughout your treatment process.

Addiction is not a social taboo anymore. The situation is quite common nowadays and it’s completely okay to talk about it if you are having troubles. Self-control and stress-management are two keywords to keep away from addiction.