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5 Tips For Managing Addiction

Learn about chemical dependancy and get 5 tips to overcome any addicion

By
Sanaz Majd, MD

Chemical dependency is a physical phenomenon in which the body reacts to the prolonged presence of a substance. To have a chemical dependency, your body has built a tolerance, or grow less sensitive to something. To get the same effect from that substance, more of it needs to be taken in. You experience withdrawal when you stop using the substance.

So here are 5 Quick and Dirty Tips for dealing with withdrawal:

Tip 1: Don’t be Surprised

Everyone has behaviors they use to escape and many people have behaviors that cause some harm. The high rate of obesity in the U.S. is a good example. If you look in your own life, you will probably have an addiction of some sort. The consequences of the addiction are what determine how seriously to take it.

Tip 2: Face Reality

Addictions are real and very hard to break out of. The first necessary step needed to deal with them is to admit that they exist. Even if you don’t struggle with an addiction, chances are good that someone around you does.

Tip 3: Don’t Take Them Lightly

Serious addictions are very hard to deal with. Counseling and recovery groups make getting out of a destructive addiction much more likely. Although getting help can be very hard, doing so will make a huge difference.

Tip 4: Don’t Make Excuses

Excuses are the main roadblock that keeps people from overcoming destructive addictions. People with addictions are often surrounded by others who enable the addiction by making excuses for them. That doesn’t justify the addiction, but it certainly makes it harder to recover.

Tip 5: Seek Professional Help

The withdrawal from many substances like alcohol and drugs can be quite terrible and even life-threatening. If the addiction is bad, it may even merit hospitalization to deal with withdrawal. Don't be afraid to ask for help.

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Sanaz Majd, MD
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