A Guest Post by:
K. Mitchell Naficy
Addiction itself is defined as a chronic brain disease which compels the mind and the body towards addictive behaviour despite knowing the fact that they are quite harmful to the body. A lot of people fall prey to drug and alcohol addiction now-a-days, some of them succumb to the ill effects of addiction while others try to regain their life back by shunning down the addiction. However, the latter requires a substantial amount of will power and determination because the urge to consume drugs again never dies off. Ways to cope up with such situations are discussed in the lines that follow.
Identify the haunting triggers
To overcome the addiction in a proper manner, it is essential to differentiate between reality and illusion, therefore it is important to identify what drives the patient towards addiction and once those triggers are identified the addict should employ ways to deal with them.
Come face to face with the Triggers
After successful identification of the craving symptoms, it is important to accept them. When the urges are known they could be easily controlled, by avoiding them or rather diverting the mind away from the situation and keeping it involved in things of greater importance. Slowly and steadily the mind would understand, judge and avoid the sensation of an urge.
Attack the triggers
A new kind of practice to overcome the triggers that is trending recently is the attacking behaviour. These include ABC or DISARM exercises, which counter the addiction craving by identifying the nature of past addictions and using strategies to ensure that the triggers lose their grip over the patient.
Positive thinking and action
The addict should occupy himself with positive hobbies and relationships that would ensure that he continues to stay motivated and happy. Anxiety, depression and loneliness are considered to be breeding grounds for addiction, therefore working towards a goal is always important to have purpose in life.
A healthy life style
Yes a healthy life style is answer to all health problems .Addictive behaviour is more likely to get cured when the patient eats healthy and maintains a healthy life style. For a healthy lifestyle it is important to engage in regular exercise and doing the things that you enjoy.
Dr. Naficy is a Board Certified specialist of Family Medicine at Hope By The Sea, whose style of patient care involves caring for the person as a whole, rather than just treating a particular symptom or illness. His credentials include a Bachelors degree in Microbiology from Rutgers University followed by obtaining his medical Doctorate in Puerto Rico. Dr. Naficy completed an internship in 1990 at USC Medical Center in Los Angeles and then 3 years of residency at UCI Medical Center in Irvine, CA.