When you’re suffering from any form of addiction, whether alcoholism, food addiction, sex addiction, social media addiction and so on; addiction free life seems to become an impossible task. However, recovery is never beyond reach, no matter how hopeless your situation seems to be. The key to changing difficult behaviors is to act like both the scientist and the subject. In order to get into the scientist role, you need to think about various sources of influence that would help you bring desired changes in yourself for the longest of time. Addictive behaviors can be beaten by personal inspiration and capability. Urges in addiction can take over the person. However, only through the power of motivation, cravings for drugs can be managed. An individual’s capability and skill formation can even fight with the hereditary predisposition of addiction.
Hameeda Batool is currently working as a Clinical Psychologist in Willing Ways Lahore. She has done her Masters in psychology from Punjab University and MS in Clinical Psychology from Government College University Lahore. She has worked as an intern at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Lahore and Ganga Ram Hospital. There she was trained in conducting group sessions, assessment and management of different psychological disorders such as Addiction, OCD, Depression and Anxiety Disorders
Editor: Samreen Masaud
First of all, you need to be aware of the negative consequences of addiction and positive outcomes of addiction free life. In short, one should have an insight about the pros and cons of addiction. This will self motivate one towards sobriety. As you will see addiction brought you no benefit what so ever. It altered your mood for a time and majorly compromised on your physical, psychological self and your social relationships. Once you decide to stop using it think of the possible positive outcomes. You will start to regain your health. All the harm it has done to your personal relations will be recovered. You can enjoy the life in a positive way as you enjoyed it before taking the drugs.
Secondly, all types of addiction have long term affects on the physiology and psychology of an addict’s brain and in order to win this battle of addiction, one should be armed with skills. These skills will help you to handle the situations more effectively. Every problem needs a solution of its own kind. So the recovering addict must be equipped with these skills. These skills may include overcoming your urges and saying no to all pro addictive behaviors. You also need assertiveness skills, socialization skills and communication skills depending on the skills you lack or needs improvement.