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Overcoming Multiple Addictions
Tough question: No simple answer to this question. My belief's that a person MUST RESOLVE to change their behavior NOW. Not for convenience sake, or because someone else said but because they believe it is best for them. Next, they must find people sharing their point of view, passionately, & who can dedicate themselves to helping this person reach their goal (usually treatment Center setting). All the best! ...Read more
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
You just started: You acknowledged that there is a problem. You cannot stop anyone else from drinking, but if you want to stop, others around you will help. You probably cannot stop this by yourself, but there are things that you can learn and people you can get to know that will be very helpful. Congratulations on taking the first step. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It may depend on: Your reasons for exercise. Are you trying to keep your weight down, build your muscles up, or can't give up your runner's high. In all cases, some fear is keeping you going. Figuring out what scares you about slowing down your exercise routine will give you a hint about how to reduce it. Discussing,these worries with a professional will help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Treatment/Support: Find someone who specializes in addictions, to help you design a plan to deal with urges, stress, find out triggers, and the big "why?" question. Additionally, stopping addiction might bring you a sense of loss -- with all the emotions a sense of loss carries and it needs to be worked through. It's a lot of work, but doable. Good luck! ...Read more
Very difficult: This would be very difficult to do by yourself. Working with online gamers anonymous might be more helpful: http://www.Olganon.Org/ there would at least be some support for you, as well as a process of recovery. You might consider seeing a psychiatrist as well, to check for any other conditions that might sabotage your recovery. Good luck. ...Read more
Let's talk: The type, severity, & pervasiveness of the ld will determine its treatment. Obviously, the ld needs to be described & appropriate interventions made. Yes, it's possible to overcome a long standing ld if the patient has the desire and fortitude to try. Many appropriate accommodations occur in le patients, some of which they are entirely unaware of. Seek help from developmental doc & therapists. ...Read more
Few people treat: Few people treat chocolate, sugar or caffeine addictions although they are very common and hard to overcome. The side effects are less problematic than alcohol or other drugs which is why they have been neglected. However, they can have health consequences like stress and diabetes. Contact someone who specializes in addictions and work out a program to help you stop. ...Read more
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