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How Do I Stay Away From Addictive Substances Or Habits
What's the harm in onanism? Will it turn to an addictive bad habit & then harm my body? Will i develop diseases in the future?
Addiction is a condition in which a person has a strong, persistent physical and psychological need for a habit-forming substance (such as alcohol, cigarettes, or cocaine) or an activity (such as gambling). The person usually suffers physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms if he is unable to continue getting what ...Read more
How do I permanently stop panic attacks without meds? which anti-panic/anxiety meds. are non-addictive/habit forming?
Cognitive beh Therap: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is one solution & there are many others in the realm of complementary medicine such as meditation, yoga, Tai Chi which blend mental & physical controls into a unified combine that some people find useful. Some try hypnosis. The benzos are likely the gold standard to treat panic disorder but are habit forming. Others used but less effective for the most part. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What to do if i know it takes 21 days to break a bad habit but how long does it take to stop an addiction?
21 days, really?: That idea came from a 1970's self-help book. It would be nice to believe, but it can be much harder & take longer. Recovery from addiction is a process - ask any aa person - an addict is never "cured", but is in recovery. But, you can stop using or doing the object of your addiction right now. Tomorrow, the next day, etc. That's why they say one day at a time. Best wishes for recovery! ...Read more
Addiction: By definition being addicted to a medication or other substance, like alcohol or drugs, means that you have either developed tolerance or withdrawals to it. tolerance means that you need more of the substance to get the same effect. Withdrawal means that if you stop the substance you have physical symptoms that may be life threatening. ...Read more
I have been struggling with porn addiction for the last 13 years. I am trying to break this habit so i get my life into order. Any advice?
Recovery - saa works: Addiction to any compulsive sexual behavior, whether porn, voyeurism, massage parlors, anonymous hookups, prostitution, is possible through working the 12 steps w/ a sponsor in saa (sex addicts anonymous). Visit www.Sexaa.Org for more information. If there are no meetings in your area you can start one, attend online or telephone meetings. Recovery is possible ; there is a lot of hope ; help. ...Read more
Good question: An addiction is a habit that you cannot stop. Most habits can be changed with consistent focused effort. Addictions do not subside even when people make a conscious effort. Abuse is simply more severe addiction often with other behavioral consequences (trouble with the law, relationships ending, etc. ...Read more
I have an addiction to AlkaSeltzer Plus Tablets. I take them for no reason at times. What could happen if prolonged use occurs just out of habit?
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