I was just reading the other day how we are all hard wired for addiction in our biology with how our reward system works in the brain. Psychology Today also had a refreshing article that pointed out more people quit addictions than maintain them, and surprisingly most people successfully quit without any professional help.
Obviously some things are harder to quit than others, but I think it helps to know there are more success stories than not.
I believe the "once and addict always and addict statement". That doesn't mean the person will ever do whatever it is again, but just that it is easier to slip back into it than for a person who has never had that addiction.
For me I smoke - I have been smoking on and off since I was 13 - that is over 20 years, I have gone for years and years without one, but I always manage to slip back into it. I am a social smoker now, and I find that harder to quit that when I smoked every day. It obviously isn't physical - it is all in my mind. What a powerful thing the brain is.
I also have a salt addiction big time, I found quiting smoking easier than trying to quit salt. I was reading the other day that salt can be more addictive that cocaine! I was truly shocked. But it explains why it is so hard to give up.
i know for me i swap it. so the addiction never goes i just replace with something that feels or seems more acceptable and less damaging. i wish i could be addicted to something productive like exercising or housework but even if i was i know id take to a level that became so addictive it wouldn't be productive any more.
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Yep, I think it is important to be aware that it is always there. Sometimes it catches you by surprise and knocks you for a six. Interesting about salt!
Miss Muppett, yeah, I guess it depends on which addictions hey? If you look at certain things it is easy to believe the opposite.
I'm a highly addictive person. I'm only 25 and for 10 years have struggled with smoking, alcohol, and self harm. The craving is always there. I was addicted to food, had surgery to stop myself from eating (some days I was eating 5 times the calories an adult MALE should), and sadly have replaced that with my old addiction of smoking. Which has made me depressed and there comes the self harm cravings. I will never not be an addict. I will battle it until the day I die.
Even silly things like games or Facebook become addictions to me.
most of teh time the individual addiction can be linked back to a chemical.
exercise - endorphins
Food - sugar or salt
internet - (social inetractions good or bad) - dopamine
Anyway I will always struggle with my nicotine addiction whether I smoke or not. I can go without smoking for 2 years and still its there sitting in the back of my mind like a little evil troll.
I once again quit smoking 3 weeks ago and to be perfectly honest Im just about ready to just give in. Life is never ever the same without smokes.
Some people can quit and be happy about it others like myself quit and spend every drug free moment resenting the fact we had to quit.
Ive read the books and done the programs makes no difference.
So for me yes once an addict always an addict. Im just not sure I care anymore.
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