Being in a smooth journey from abstinence to sobriety is one of the greatest challenge for individuals specially teenagers who are struggling to quit addictions with high level of motivation. Many of us struggle for changing our habits those have adverse effects in our lives but even after lot of efforts and engaging all of the will power we have, we fall back to old habits. Adopting new habit requires transformation in older habits through the process of change. The problem in when we don’t have skill power, motivation goes down once the will power is exhausted.

Talal ZubairMr. Talal Zubair is working as Group Director at Willing Ways Pvt. Ltd. supervising work of two key branches of the organization based in Islamabad and Murree.  Through his keen interest in psychology and human behavior, Mr. Zubair has gained specialization in family counseling and imparting training in areas such as development of key stone habits, staging interventions, resolution of marital discords, brat-raising, communication skills and personal development. Over the years, he has developed effective counseling skills that have helped numerous clients in changing their own lives and the lives of their loved ones.

Editor: Samreen Masud

For most people, the real challenge of bringing about the change has to do with the psychological dependency over the substance. Even after staying in rehabilitation and abstinent for weeks and months, one can still experience strong psychological urges to take drugs. These urges come from the triggers which develop the strong frame of reference to use drugs.  Usually there are five main triggers behind these urges. These triggers are present all around us in shape of people, place, things, situations, environment and our moods. But if you plan for how you’ll handle the psychological triggers, you improve your chances of being successful.

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Research shows that complex problems like drug addiction cannot be solved by silver bullets. Change will be permanent if one finds a few vital behaviors that will have the most impact in contributing to the desired change. The quickest way to developing your own vital behavior is to start with actions classically associated with overcoming an addiction. From there you can look to your own triggers and then tailor your own vital behaviors. Once the vital behaviors have been identified, you can then use all of the six sources of influence to promote these key behaviors. These six sources help us in dealing with difficulties and traps of relapse in the recovery process.

There are many support groups, associations, and charity organizations who work with aim of helping community recover from drug abuse and alcoholism. One of these programs, Alcoholics Anonymous, not only provides support for adults but also for teenagers. Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) both help teenagers who experience having no one who can recognize what they are going through. Teen NA and AA meetings are very supportive for teenagers suffering from addiction and alcoholism because the programs show them that they’re not alone and that other people also deal with addiction issues.