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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 March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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