Dealing with addiction

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

How to deal with Addiction

lots of people think that addiction happens because the body needs a certain chemical substance. Even though this statement is partially right still there are other psychological factors that can have an effect on the person's addictive behaviour that is more powerful than the effect the chemical change in the body has.

This is why the best way to deal with an addiction is to understand the psychological factors behind it properly so that you know about the right action you should take.

Different people could develop the same kind of addiction for different psychological reasons. In such a case understanding the exact psychological reason in each of those different cases is the only way to help all of those people.

This is why looking superficially at one kind of addiction without knowing what really causes it can hardly help. And this is also why collective solutions given to all people together usually never work.

What causes addiction?

Some people become addicts mainly because of wanting to find a distraction that allows them to escape from a certain situation that makes them feel vulnerable.

It’s their vulnerabilities and lack of other coping skills that made them choose addiction as the preferred escapement method. If those people didn't have these vulnerabilities they may have not became addicts at all.

These vulnerabilities could be something as simple as being unable to deal with stress or being unable to tolerate a certain emotion.

One of the most famous cases for escapement using addiction is when someone becomes a love addict. In my book how to make someone fall in love with you I described how some people can fall in love just because they want to escape from their unsolved problems and vulnerabilities. Those people usually fall in love with people who don’t match their personalities and thus their relationships always collapse.

Some other people become addicted to certain things as a result of certain mental connections that they have created. For example smokers who smoke right after eating or when they become stressed are examples of people who became addicted to something just because it was associated with a certain situation that they encounter often.

A third category of addicts are called reactive addicts. Those are the people who return back to their addiction or start to become addicted to something as a response to a major life event that happened in their lives.

Major Life events such as the loss of someone or the loss of their job sometimes forces people to become addicts. Those people don’t find any other solution to handle the pain they are feeling other than becoming addicted to a certain habit.

Addiction can also be caused by more subtle psychological factors such as the desire to defy authority (usually parent's authority), the desire to inflict harm on someone (the wife for example) or the desire to use it as an excuse for not succeeding in life.

In short addiction can be caused by many different reasons and in order for you to deal with it you must understand the specific case you are dealing with.

Dealing with addiction

Just as you saw there are many types of addiction but what's common between them all is that they all represent the person's desire to escape from his problems or unwanted emotional pain.

In order to give up addiction you don’t need to train your body to live without the addictive substance as much as you need to find a healthy coping mechanism for the problems that you face in your life other than addiction.

The second thing you need to do is to target the psychological root cause of the addiction directly. Let's suppose for example that you realized that a teen smokes weed just to seem manly enough. In such a case educating that teen about the proper way to become a man can help him satisfy his need in a proper way.

Next you need to find a way to replace the addictive habit with a positive habit that can help you satisfy the same need. If for example you found that you are an internet addict because you don't have many friends then learning how to become a social person can easily help you end this addiction.

Why do people fail to deal with addiction?

Why do you think people keep returning back to their old habits each time they give them up? They keep returning back to their old habits because the vulnerabilities that made them become addicts force them to return back to it.

When they quit doing a certain habit they find themselves directly facing this vulnerability they were escaping from before, and at this point, lots of them choose to escape to the bad habit once again.

In order to get over addiction you need courage to face your vulnerabilities and unsolved problems then a strong will that helps you to find another coping mechanism other than being an addict.

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