It had been just 14 hours since the last one. As he drove home the thought emerged and grew as a compulsion. The route changed toward the closest store. Even as he pulled into the parking lot, he thought, “I can’t do this”, but he was soon back in the car and lit one up. The relief was immediate, and the guilt short-lived.
Addiction in an amazing thing, for no matter the cost, the addiction is king. You can lose your health, money, friends, family, and life all for the temporary stimulus that supports the neurotransmitters of the brain. The definition of an addiction is simply something that you cannot stop. Most think of addiction in terms of substance such as cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, coffee, or food. It could also include a risk-taking behavior, sex, gambling, a job, religion, or even the emotions we create. Emotions could include anger, self-pity, or continuous drama. Rarely would one think of such emotions as addictive, but in reality, the brain activity is the same. As it happens, you are doing what the brain is telling you to do which begs the question, “Who is in charge?” The brain is screaming, “Give me my fix!
Your brain is hard wired for the brain chemistry that you experience. This means that the more you experience something, the more normal it becomes, and the more you have to have that thing to feel normal. Some substances are so potent, they can immediately change the brain chemistry to “require” that particular substance. Cigarettes are designed to be addictive. Some will say, “It helps me relax.” What is missed here is the cigarette creates withdrawal and anxiety that must be satisfied by smoking another. Of course it helps you relax, but the addiction created the need.
There is a hereditary aspect to addictions. In foods, such as wheat and dairy, the body changes the proteins to opiate like compounds. Individuals that are asked to eliminate one of these may actually ask, “What can I eat?” They cannot conceive eating anything else. In other hereditary aspects, the dopamine receptor in the brain can have a defect that allows individuals to be susceptible to some substance. The use of amphetamine type, Attention Deficit drugs can contribute to this problem.
When you consider making a change, eliminate all addictive substances to avoid substance transfer. If you stop the smoking, but drink coffee, you may increase coffee consumption. If you quit drinking alcohol, you can transfer the addictive process to cigarettes and coffee. (Of course, for the serious alcoholic, coffee and cigarettes is better than the alcohol.) Any use of any addictive substance will keep the addictive process alive.
So, how can you quit a substance?
- Reach the decision point for change.
- Pick a date.
- Pray. All well recognized addiction programs suggest praying to God for help, as recognition that you can not do it alone.
- If the substance is cigarettes try Natural Creations Tobacco Snuffer Spray
- For other addictions, try Addiction Formula
- Increase the body’s detoxification by drinking water, exercise, and sweating.
- Activated Charcoal can adsorb drug toxins in the body.
Support systems can be helpful depending on your perspective. I do prefer programs that are positive. Programs that are negative may suggest that you can never be anything else. Change your mind. Change your body.
This information is not intended for a serious dysfunctional drug substance abuse problem that may require substance abuse counseling or inpatient care.