Quit addictions, dependencies and bad habits to tobacco,alcohol,gambling,caffeine,chocolate,cola,sugar,methamphetamine,marijuana, painkillers (codeine, ibuprofen etc), gaming, television, mobile/cell phones, Internet, collecting junk, hoarding, pornography, cults, shopping, in Darwin, Bali, Singapore, Cebu (Philippines) and Mandurah (Perth) and soon in Jakarta, with advanced hypnotherapy and Neuro Linguistic Programming.
For many years the most common challenge has been tobacco, however I also see my fair share of methamphetamine, alcohol, sugar, marijuana, chocolate, carbohydrate, soft drink (or soda), and gambling addicts too.
Other addiction and dependency therapies include: painkillers, choc milk, fast food, and more. Impulse Control Disorders – gambling, gaming, Internet, phone texting, hoarding, sex including porn and fetishes, shop lifting, compulsive shopping, mass plastic surgery, mass tattoo’s, work-o-holic, body building, tanning etc.
People who are more likely to become addicted include those who: Suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, or schizophrenia.
- Have easy access to the addictive chemical or behavior.
- Experience low self-esteem, or have relationship problems.
- Live a stressful economic or emotional lifestyle.
- Associate with people, or live in a culture where there is a high social acceptance of drug abuse. Some people, including some professional therapists, are confused about the difference between addiction, dependency, and habits of behavior.
- Habit, is the choice to make a regular routine, practice, manner, tradition, custom, convention, rule, or pattern of behavior. The person with a bad habit can choose to stop the habitual behavior, and with practice they can replace it with a new good habit. The web site www.thefreedictionary.com defines habits as a recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition. The unconscious creates and maintains habits as an efficient, energy saving process. They can be changed easily with an overriding conscious effort. The best way is to replace an unwanted negative habit is with a new positive habit. Habits are a component of the structure of addiction, yet they are not in themselves an addiction.
- Physical dependency is often thought to be the thing that defines addiction, but this is not always necessary or sufficient for a diagnosis of substance dependence. The web site nim.nih.gov defines dependence as a need, which may or may not be related to addiction. It gives the example of a person who may be dependent upon a drug for pain relief, but they are not addicted to the drug. They are dependent upon the chemical for pain relief. A person may be dependent upon herbal sleeping pills to achieve sound sleep, yet they are not physically addicted to the herbs. Physical dependence is the physical bodies adaptation to a particular chemical. If a person abruptly stops using a chemical or drug: the body, and perhaps the unconscious mind may create withdrawals.
- The term cold-turkey is often used to describe the sudden cessation use of a chemical. Symptoms may vary from headaches, mild discomfort, anger, insomnia, fatigue, diarrhoea, anxiety, sweating. Some of these symptoms are generally the opposite of the drugs direct effect on the body. Depending on the length of time a chemical takes to leave the bloodstream elimination half- life, withdrawal symptoms can appear within a few hours to several days after discontinuation and may also occur in the form of cravings. A craving is the strong desire to obtain, and use a drug or other substance, similar to other cravings such as one might experience for food through hunger. Of course dependency is often used in an interchangeable way with addition.
Addiction:Overcoming Addiction. A common sense approach by Michael Hardiman, defines an addiction as: A condition whereby an individual regularly takes a substance, or acts in a particular way, in response to a strong and sometimes overwhelming desire to do so; and that in the absence of so doing, he will experience negative feelings or actual illness. By taking the substance or carrying out the behaviour, the addict causes harm to himself or to others.
The signs and symptoms of substance dependence vary from one individual to another, the chemical they are addicted to, their family history, and personal circumstances. Theses are the main features:
- The addict takes the substance and cannot stop at least one serious attempt is made to give up, but unsuccessful.
- Withdrawal symptoms when levels of that chemical or chemicals, go below a certain level (based upon the half life period to reduce to half its initial value, or decay period) the addict experiences unpleasant physical and mood-related symptoms. There may be cravings, bouts of moodiness, bad temper, poor focus, anxiety, a feeling of being depressed, frustration, anger, bitterness and resentment.
- Insomnia is a common symptom of withdrawal. There may be a sudden increase in appetite. In some cases the individual may have constipation or diarrhea. With some chemicals, withdrawal can trigger violence, trembling, seizures, hallucinations, cold sweats, and death.
- Addiction continues despite conscious awareness of the health problems caused by addiction. The addict continues to use the substance regularly, even though they have developed illnesses linked to it. For example, a smoker may continue smoking even after a lung or heart condition develops.
- The addict sacrifices various social relationships and recreational activities because of their addiction. For example, a smoker may decide not to meet up with non-smoking friends in a smoke-free venue.
- Maintaining a good supply of the addictive substance. The addict will always make sure they have a good supply in reserve, even if they do not have much money. Sacrifices may be made in the household budget to buy tobacco, or alcohol.
- Taking risks. The addicted individual may take risks to make sure he or she can obtain his or her drug, such as stealing or trading sex for money or drugs.
- Dealing with lifes challenges. An addict will commonly feel they need their drug to deal with their day-to-day problems, including anxiety and depression.
- An addicted person may spend more and more time and energy focusing on ways to get hold of their drug of choice. I have watched people going through ashtrays searching for cigarette butts.
- Secrecy and solitude. Sometimes a drug addict may take their substance alone, and in secret. I have had problem drinkers, smokers and other addicted clients who deny they use at all.
- A significant number of people who are addicted to a substance are in denial. They are not aware (or refuse to acknowledge) that they have a problem. Some claim there is a conspiracy against tobacco smokers, and some still maintain tobacco smoking is safe.
- Excess consumption. Some addicts consume it to excess. The consequence can be blackouts (cannot remember chunks of time) or physical symptoms of bad health, such as a sore throat and persistent cough in heavy smokers.
- Dropping hobbies, activities and friendships. As the addiction progresses the individual may stop doing things he or she used to enjoy. This may be the case with smokers who find they do not have the fitness to continue taking part in their favorite sport.
- Hidden stashes. The addicted individual may have small stocks of their substance hidden away in different parts of the house or car.
- Taking an initial large dose. This is common with problem drinkers. The individual may gulp drinks down in order to quickly get drunk, or a smoker may draw (or drag) upon their first cigarette of the day, to get a head-spin.
- Problems with the law. Commonly characteristic of illegal drug addicts. However most legal jurisdictions now have limits upon the age and locations where people can smoke, and drink alcohol. People may break these laws and regulations.
- Financial difficulties. If the substance is expensive, the addicted individual may sacrifice necessities to make sure the drugs supply is secure. I watched a mother say to her small children, Sorry children, we cannot buy that food. I need my cigarettes.
- Relationship problems. These are common in both drug and alcohol addiction. However, smokers restrict the number of potential partners in their life, because many non-smokers do not want to kiss a smoker.
- Family history. Anyone with a close relative or role model who has an addiction has a higher risk of eventually becoming an addict them selves. Alcoholics are six times more likely than non-alcoholics to have blood relatives who are also alcohol dependent. Researchers from the Universidad de Granada, Spain, in a study revealed that the lack of endorphin is hereditary, and thus there is a genetic predisposition to becoming addicted to alcohol.
- A significantly higher percentage of males become addicted to drugs, alcohol and tobacco, than females. According to the Mayo Clinic, USA, males are twice as likely to have problems with drugs.
- Having a mental illness/condition. People with depression, ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) and several other mental conditions/illnesses have a higher risk of eventually becoming addicted to alcohol, drugs and tobacco.
- Peer pressure. Trying to fit in with other members of the group, and gain acceptance, can encourage people to take up the use of potentially addictive substances. Eventually it leads to addiction for them too. Peer pressure is an especially strong factor for young adults.
- Family behavior. Young people who do not have a strong attachment to their parents and siblings have a higher risk of becoming addicted to something one day, compared to those people with deep family attachments.
- Being alone and feeling lonely can lead to the consumption of substances as a way of coping; resulting in a higher risk of addiction.
- The nature of the substance. Some substances, such as meth, heroin or cocaine can bring about addiction more rapidly than alcohol. For example, if a group of people were to use methamphetamine every day for six months, and another identical group of people were to drink alcohol every day for the same period, the number of meth addicts at the end of the six months would be a lot higher than the number of alcoholics.
- Studies of alcoholism have shown that people who start consuming a drug earlier in life have a higher risk of eventually becoming addicted, than those who started later. Many experts say this also applies to tobacco and drugs.
- Stress and anxiety. If an individuals stress levels are high there is a greater chance a substance, such as alcohol may be used in an attempt to blank out the upheaval. Some stress hormones are linked to alcoholism.
- How the body metabolizes (processes) the substance. Individuals who need a higher dose to achieve an effect have a higher risk of becoming addicted. Once addicted, there has to be a clear intent to succeed before an addiction can be overcome. People must have a degree of motivation; otherwise they wont even make an effort to quit. People must have the personal discipline to stick to their quit program whatever it may be. They must have the self-confidence to believe in themselves and their ability to beat the addiction. For a person to overcome any addiction they must first be willing to do whatever it takes to change, for a change to take place. Without all of these qualities no quit method can work.
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