Addiction is a topic often swept under the carpet, mostly because almost everyone is addicted to something (a substance). There is no point throwing blame and calling names, the sheer need to remain on top of our respective games is strong enough to encourage a pill popping habit. Like most other things we don't naturally need, there comes a time when we have to wean ourselves from these substances, and for most, it is a typical case of trying to withdraw from an addiction.
Addictions are nothing new, and the human race has shown that it can grow dependence on substance and even materials for hundreds of years now. Without the new, advanced techniques currently applicable to the process of withdrawing from addictions, how did those looking to take control of their lives beat the urges and cravings?
Some ways are still applicable today and could be the way out for most addicts.
1. Watching one's nutrition uptake.
More than we know and are willing to acknowledge, most addictions are because of a chemical imbalance, a biochemical effect. Most addicts are in fact seldom on a healthy nutritional path. Some drugs and even alcohol cause the loss of appetite, and yet they call for more abuse. The first step and most ancient way of backtracking from an addiction would be to restore the biochemical balance in the cranial by eating healthy.
2. Acceptance and acknowledgment of the situation.
Probably the worst thing that can happen to an addict is having people around them that don't realize what is going on or who treat them in a toxic manner. Like a chain reaction, each poke could trigger deeper slides into an addiction. Who is to say how many times addicts are looked at from the corner of an eye with a face pulled When a family member comes out as an addict, the sooner their family accepts and plans a way forward, the quicker and better chances of recovery the user stands.
3. Learning as much about an addiction
Knowledge is perhaps the most liberating of tools that can be handed to an addict. Not only will it stop them blaming themselves for feeling the urge to abuse a substance or watch another scene, but it will also help them build mental constructs to keep on a path of recovery. Eventually the realization that the power is in the hands of the user and not the substance.
4. Keeping away from the addiction
Many would argue that this is the easiest way to relapse, but as soon as we point at an addiction for what it is, and how it recurs, keeping away would become the best way forward. Each time an addict gets the urge to indulge, the trigger would have been the sensation of the reward they get from using their addiction of choice. Each time this happens, instead of the addict to search for more of that pleasurable feeling, staying away and having no access would lead to the urge to wear off naturally. You wouldn't crave a cloud of smoke if you didn't feel like smoking, would you?
5. Refocusing on life's core values
There are plenty of reasons why a person would quit taking a substance, but the problem is that in most cases the valuables are replaced by addiction. To withdraw completely and live for more important reasons, it is important to get values realigned with the practical efforts of a recovering addict.
There are more ways than just five to get back on track and let the days of addiction be just fragments of a life once lived. It takes tried and certified methods, not small experiments, to fetch a life from the depths of addiction. Get a free assessment and consultation on your way to moving on with your life.