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How To Get Rid Of The Ipad Addiction
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more
No: Use this marvel to get the help you deserve: an evaluation by a well-trained psychiatrist. ...Read more
Replace the behavior: Some addictions may be addressed by either treatment with therapy or an attempt to stop the unwanted behavior on your own. Cell phone addiction would fall into this group. To use the phone less, you may try substituting the behavior with another rewarding but more useful behavior such as exercise, napping, reading, doing a mind stimulating game, having a conversation with a friend in person. ...Read more
You can't: Only he can help himself, but there are things you can do that first of all help yourself (and others in your family), and may ultimately help him. Family members often "enable" addiction, allowing the person to get away with behaviors that are unacceptable. See a family therapist with your brother if he accepts, without him if he doesn't. Find a good alanon meeting in your area. Talk 2 ur doctor. ...Read more
This is a great site for reference. Go to gambler's annonymous meetings. ...Read more
Divert ur attention: Well, I would tell you to stop asking questions on health tap, just kidding. The best way is to do other things like exercise, read a good book, spend time w/ friends, listen to music and do other positive activities. ...Read more
Online game addict'n: Online gaming addiction is a real problem, first, you can't make someone stop any addiction, they have to want to. If yr roommate wants to stop, abstinence is the first step in any recovery process. Delete the game from the computer or avoid the computer altogether. Support groups are the main help. Olganon is the group for this problem. Only problem is the meetings are online. ...Read more
Probably no way: The only thing that "might" help is to talk respectfully about how you feel. Asking if there are things you do that bring up similar feelings for them. It's a short-cut that sounds good, (but probably isn't) to think about "making" anyone do anything. You also probably can't do it without undue force anyway. ;-). ...Read more
Treatment for habits: Habits are routines of thoughts, feelings or behavior. There are a variety of ways to get rid of bad habits and a variety of ways to establish good habits. Bad habits that result in harm to oneself or to others are often labeled as addictions. Sometimes professional help is needed to start, to stop or to modify routines of thoughts, feelings or behavior. ...Read more
Like any addiction: You need to stop reinforcing the habit. Try giving yourself a regular bed time. Start winding down 30 minutes before. Turn off tv, computer, listen to calm music, lower the lights. At the time you set, turn off the lights. Learn some relaxation techniques and use them. Do this every night till your body adjusts to the new schedule. ...Read more
It happens: Great idea to stop addiction for any reason--it's better than ruining your life over it! Many people tire of the harmful effects of addiction and get rehab. If you're truly able to end your addiction without professional help, that's great. However, withdrawing from alcohol and some other substances can be dangerous, extremely uncomfortable, or life threatening. Best to discuss w/ doctor. ...Read more
I have an eating addiction. How can I get rid of it? I eat for comfort and sometimes can't stop. I tried everything and nothing works. Please help.
Food Addiction: Have you received treatment from a mental health professional who specializes in eating disorders? Have you been part of a 12 step group such as Overeaters Anonymous? Have you had a physical exam from your doc to measure hormone levels? Hope these options help. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Which addictions?: If you are physically addicted to a substance, you can reduce the amount that you take each day until you are completely off. This may be difficult to do without the help of professionals and a support group. Psychologically, you need to replace the addiction with a positive way of coping with the stressors in your life, which are inevitable. Reach out to aa or na in your area. ...Read more
Replace the behavior: Some addictions may be addressed by either treatment with therapy or an attempt to stop the unwanted behavior on your own. Internet addiction would fall into this group. To use the internet less, you may try substituting the behavior with another rewarding but more useful behavior such as exercise, napping, reading, doing a mind stimulating game, having a conversation with a friend in person. ...Read more
Use a timer: Using a timer helps some people. Allow yourself to use the internet, say for one hour. When the timer goes off, turn off the computer, and don't use smart phones or other gadgets to connect. Find other activities. Exercise, hobbies, walk, talk to friends. Build a life away from the online community. Or seek professional help. Like any other addiction, there are degrees of severity. ...Read more
Treat any addiction: By increasing your motivation to change. Look at use pattern (keep a log), identify consequences, list reasons to change, rate motivation for each reason (0-10) & develop those 8+, build confidence by listing your personal successes overcoming challenges, describe benefits of change, set goals, develop a plan, measure progress, & work with supportive people & knowledgeable professionals. ...Read more
Replace the behavior: Some addictions may be addressed by either treatment with therapy or an attempt to stop the unwanted behavior on your own. Internet addiction would fall into this group. To use the phone less, you may try substituting the behavior with another rewarding but more useful behavior such as exercise, napping, reading, doing a mind stimulating game, having a conversation with a friend in person. ...Read more
What do you mean?: Almost all men and many women have to enjoy their bodies from time to time or they'll become uncomfortable and can't do the ordinary things they need to (like studying or getting to sleep). This isn't an addiction. If you're obsessed with erotica to the point of missing out on meals, study time, work -- your physician can help with Rx &/or talk; it's fairly common and treatable. ...Read more
Big picture: The practice is near-universal and generally healthy, preparing you for adult life. Enjoying your body is a problem if, and only if, you are doing it so much that you are missing out on other things in life that you need to be doing -- learning, working, developing relationships and recreational activities. Medication or a short course of psychotherapy can get you back on track. ...Read more
How can I get rid of Dulcolax addiction? I'm taking for 2 years. Even if I take 20, it doesn't work. Please help?
How can I get rid of sugar cravings? It's like my body needs the sugar and it's an addiction. I even eat a spoon of sugar if nothing is available!
Fetishes: Fetishes are very common, especially foot fetishes. You made the first step by admitting your fetish. If it affects you and is causing you distress knowing you have a foot fetish, or it is severe and affecting your relations with friends, than the next step is seeing your dr. And getting started with counseling and psychotherapy. Best wishes. ...Read more
Should I get rid of my cell phone? I'm trying to beat a porn addiction and it has internet access?
Smoking: Several approaches: slowly reduce the number of cigarettes by one every 1-2 days. Abrupt cessation with or without the aid of therapy like nicorette gums, nicoderm (nicotine patch) patches, Chantix or bupropion. With the last two medications you should pre-determine the date you are stopping. Accupuncture is also very effective. ...Read more