Sick of Addictions? Overthrow the craving

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One often wonders how someone, in all his/her senses gets addicted. The answer to that may be found in the deep sectors of our brain. Addiction to drugs/cigarettes/alcohol is caused due to neurocircuits inside the brain which do not manufacture reasonable amounts of Dopamine; a chemical in the brain. This chemical, named Dopamine is responsible for producing the feeling of pleasure in one’s brain.
There is nothing else that the addicts desire. When neurocircuits fail to produce Dopamine, due to whatsoever reason, they turn to drugs to decrease the feeling of negativity. Eventually, something in their brain clicks when negativity strikes and that’s when the ‘Dopamine Rush’ becomes impossible to control. Because of this, people often portray compulsive behavior and get addicted to vices like smoking, drugs, drinking, sexual activity or gambling. There is no telling if or when this vicious circle ends if it’s not treated. If you are sick of these addictions, you need to follow these steps in order to come out of the demolishing lifestyle.

  • Step 1: Acceptance: The first essential step that one needs to take is to accept that he/she has a problem and it needs to be taken care of. During this realization part, they are usually in the lowest of their morale. The change, if wished to be brought upon, should be backed up by looking for organization which could help them.
  • Step 2: Rehabilitation: If one needs to come out of such problem, he/she needs to successfully complete some type of De-addiction program. This De-addiction program can be carried out by a rehab institution or as an outpatient program. Short term drug free treatments have shown reduction in drug use and illicit activities. Better employment status achieved by them and lower utilization of health facilities by the patients. Long term studies have shown the identical scenario including very few relapses of the people who successfully complete their program. They also show better quality of health.
  • Step 3: Companion support: Involving oneself in talking groups keeps patients sober and provides support of peers, essential in their rehabilitation process. Such groups are free of cost, accessible and support provided by them is invaluable. One can also contact such groups online. Seeing people struggling through same problem in their life, helps keeping up the fighting spirit and one becomes more determined in ending the addictions.
  • Step 4: Staying Healthy: The basic rule of staying sober is to achieve wellness and one can do that by participating in relaxation based exercises like therapies, mindfulness, physical exercise and yoga.
    Yoga:
    An exercise which help in maintaining body awareness and which calms the nervous system is one of the best ways to attain mental peace and prevents one from falling back into the clutches of addictions. Performing the various postures which helps integrating mind and body, makes one aware of his body more than he could ever be. Apart from De-addicting properties of yoga, it helps in improving respiratory function; stress reduction, frees one from anxiety and depression. It is known to improve sleep patterns and enhance the well-being and quality of life.
    Mindfulness:
    It is sort of training of mind which bring the focus of a being back to the present by enlarging attention to one’s bodily sensations and breathing. This brings the attention of the practitioner back to present because of which, positive experience is generated towards life. Addicts usually oscillate their thoughts away from present and generate negative thoughts. This in turn breeds more negative feelings and makes the addicts depressed and makes them compulsive.
    Exercise:
    Scientific research has shown that people who exercise regularly are able to divert their mind from cravings of nicotine, have less urges for consumption of alcohol, decrease depression and anxiety and even have reduced negative feelings.
    This usually happens because when one works out, the flow of blood to the brain increases, which in turn releases the feel-good chemicals from the brain like Dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine. With physical activities at play, one gets a distraction; a healthy one and this reduces issues related to self-esteem.
    Depression patients are asked to work out regularly as physical activities as effective in treating depression as psychotherapy. No pill can ever make up for the therapeutic value of physical exercise.
  • Step 5: Diet:
    Junk foods, refined sugar, caffeine and saturated fats are often the diet of the addicts. Their diet is void of any vitamin or minerals and full of table sugar. People recovering from addictions also have shown to have cravings to such food. Such high intake of sugar causes inflammation within the body. This increases the cravings for drugs and other addictions, insanely.
    People going through recovery are asked to eat a diet full of proteins and fat; boiled chicken, organic beef, lamb and butter being one of them. Apart from this, the diet should be rich in nutrient-dense fruits, nuts, legumes, vegetables and seeds.
    A professional dietician should be consulted to sketch a proper diet chart.
  • Step 6: Supplements:
    People recovering from addiction are required to have a huge intake of proper nutrients and minerals as their body suffers from imbalance of metabolic needs due to the toxic effects of alcohol or nicotine. This imbalance may cause high irritability and major mood swings. A number of nutrients and minerals like Vitamin-B complex, Omega-3s, Vitamin C and Multivitamins are needed by the body so that it can come back to its natural balance.

Above all, one needs to keep hope. The decision to quit addictions should be the biggest motivation among the patients. A step taken to free oneself from the clutches of addictions is a step towards life and one needs to understand the importance of this first step. If you had the will to stop and improve your quality of life, you can achieve it.