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Four Hard Truths About Addiction that you Should Know

Four Hard Truths About Addiction that you Should Know

A habit is a disease: getting too used to doing something. Usually it becomes something you cannot easily do without. This translates into a lot of struggles to keep up the behavior for which some even go to the extent of stealing just to finance their cravings. Addiction breaks down someone to the point of total dependence, becoming so attached to the activity that they feel unable to go without it. You end up doing the unexpected just to keep it up. Gambling, smoking, and getting drunk are some of the examples.  When you engage in these activities over a long period, you become very obsessed or dependent upon them, even though you get nothing significant in return. For those who are contemplating or are already in early stage of these activities, you have to know these hard truths to save yourself some trouble down the road.

Addiction is easy to start but hard to quit.

It doesn’t need a lot of effort to start these activities. At first you feel the rush- that “good” feeling. Be wary; a lot of people have been hooked after their first try and now they can’t get out of the hole. For example, many people ask if gambling is really a problem. It starts simply- by placing a bet on some game. One might’ve been influenced by a friend or simply be trying something new. More often than not, you will have lots of luck in winning the game the first few times which will motive you to gamble more and eventually- without even realizing it- you invest most of your income and savings. It has become evident that some households cannot finance an emergency due to gambling addictions that make a person determined to acquire more but end up losing everything.

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Addictions are on the rise.

It is quite shocking that instead of the number reducing, the contrary is occurring. In spite of the warnings and disclaimers posed by many companies who are producing alcohol or cigarettes, users are growing in numbers on a daily basis. Some even use concealing gadgets to temporarily hide away the smoke and smell, especially for those who are using weed and any other drug. Luckily, there are rehabilitation centers and places that offer much-needed help to addicts in changing their ways.

It has become a lottery.

Some addictions such as gaming and gambling require skill. Because of so many versions of the game, it has become just a lottery to many. A lot of teenagers bet on the game they are addicted to, yet need to properly play to win. Some only try their luck, while those who are skillful critically analyze the situation before getting into the game.

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Revolutionizing some habits

Today there are things, such as the smoking stone, that have been adopted by many people. Its popularity has risen significantly, with the thinking that health stone is a healthy alternative as it makes it easy to smoke flowers and comes in different flavors, enabling a person to comfortably smoke at their leisure.

Rehabilitation is very expensive.

The average drug rehab costs around $18,000 to $35,000 a month. Nicotine treatment centers cost an average of $3,000 to $7,000 for a seven-day program. Around $2,500 to $10,000 flat fee is the cost of an intervention and detoxification for alcohol addicts. As for gambling or sex addition, it would cost around $450 to $10,000 a month for a sober living home, depending on the locations, meals, facilities, and other amenities.

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    Addictions have significantly reduced the financial well-being of too many families. Many people end up using their hard-earned income or any source of finances to satisfy their urges. The need to sensitize family members to the effects of smoking, drinking, gambling, etc. is of high importance to save future generations from this. It is a peril against which the government and other organizations should not work alone. Let it be everyone’s responsibility.

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    Last Updated on September 20, 2018

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

    1. Breathe

    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

    2. Loosen up

    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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    3. Chew slowly

    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

    4. Let go

    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

    It’s not. Promise.

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    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

    5. Enjoy the journey

    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

    6. Look at the big picture

    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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    Will this matter to me…

    • Next week?
    • Next month?
    • Next year?
    • In 10 years?

    Hint: No, it won’t.

    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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    8. Practice patience every day

    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

    Final thoughts

    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

    Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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