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Defeating Addiction

    As human beings, we are susceptible to undergoing tough times, and these times call for accepting that sometimes it is okay to be living with less. This can be less love, less comfort, less joy, and even less happiness. By understanding that life will not always be ideal, we allow ourselves the ability to cushion a meltdown or prevent becoming excessively affected by the events in our lives. Through looking at life on a lengthier scope, we can understand that our problems are most likely momentary, and there is an increasing probability that as time goes by, things will get better. For instance, the current pandemic and the ensuing lockdown may seem unbearable. However, by looking at the situation not just in a matter of the last six months but in a five or ten-year scope, then the time spent in lockdown is a small percentage of the previous decade or half-decade. As such, through the trend of the previous decade, the probability or chances of something like this happening again is almost null. It is, therefore, advisable to be brave and forge on and dissuade oneself from engaging in any behavior that may lead to addiction. By becoming an addict, one would lose a more significant chunk of the next decade due to the stress caused by a small piece of this decade. 


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Addiction is multi-faceted, and the human psyche can develop a tendency and disorder to overly like or obsess over something. In most instances, this is usually a physical entity and can be anything from drugs to sex or even money. It is a physical addiction and appreciated as a disorder or somewhat of a weakness caused by or/and targetted towards physical entities. On the other hand, there is non-physical or psychological addiction where an individual can develop a disorder to overly want or need non-physical entities. These can be a feeling, a mood, an attitude, or even an imagination or a creation of the mind. When you think about disorders such as bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), there are tendencies for the individual to develop intense likings for imaginative and non-tangible things and even people. The human mind is a powerful biological processing system and computer, and we should all be careful not to explore its darker sides.


    Scourge on Society

Addiction is a scourge on society, and we mostly don’t see the dark side of addiction or the hurt and pain it has caused millions. For instance, you are probably going to watch an Al Pacino or Scarface movie and think that something like Cocaine is a joke, but the consequences of being addicted to something like that can be dire. Drugs get ranked as per their harmful effects and other factors. Some are legal and others illegal. If something is legal, it may mean that it gets accepted for sale and use. However, this is not encouragement to partake in it. Anything that gets classified as a drug and whose purpose is considered drug abuse is downright deadly. Illegal drugs, as well, are even worse, and their sale, use, or purchase remain prohibited by law. Such drugs are not only fatal to the user. They are also adverse to those who partake in their production and trade. If you bought something illegal, you would not only be trying to kill yourself but also feeding into organized crime. It means that you may be financing or funding criminal entities and, by extension, their criminal activities by purchasing illegal drugs and items. Think about it, if your dealer shoots someone to get you the supply of the drugs, wherever they may be, then your business has led to someone getting shot. As such, illegal drugs and illegal activities, in general, have a cascading effect in terms of the negative consequences of such actions. The same holds for big pharma who make substandard and harmful drugs.


    Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis in America today has blown up and is a culmination of decades of wrongdoing by big pharmaceutical corporations who have wrongly sold pain medication that is addictive. These companies have, for decades, supplied and encouraged the sale of addictive pills such as OxyContin in their billions. Patients have for decades went back for the same medication and even had to buy it illegally due to its addictive components. Doctors were for this period paid under the table to ensure that they recommend addictive pain medication to their patients. The result is thousands of lives ruined and even thousands of fatalities. Addiction is no joke and can destroy your life. You could lose everything just by partaking in something that is no food or water, and not intended to meet a basic



    Food and Sex Addiction

Food addiction is also part of the scourge of addiction. Unfortunately, food processors are allowed to sell extremely sugary and unhealthy foods. These get traded freely, and there are no protections to shield individuals from becoming obese or developing diabetes. Food addiction is part of addiction disorders and can incapacitate the individual and lead to numerous health issues, including obesity, heart attacks, stroke, among others. Consumerism has led to food addictions, and reduced awareness on healthy eating  Addictions for pleasure that are envisaged as sex addiction can also lead to adverse effects. Sex addicts are more susceptible to becoming perpetrators or victims of rape. They are also at increased risk of developing dependency issues, sexually transmitted infections, STIs and sexually transmitted diseases, STDs, including HIV. 


    A Race to Nowhere

Defeating addiction commences by first understanding that whatever one is addicted to will never be enough. It is a race to nowhere and a waste of time and money. Think about it. Why take something today and have the illusion of happiness for a few hours and lose decades in the future? I wonder if becoming an alcohol addict or cigarette smoker is worth losing a decade over. It is not. By being an addict, one loses a decade and even several decades of their life expectancy. Addicts also lose their independence and bravery. There is also a good chance that they could pass on similar characteristics or even addictions to their offspring through genes or epigenetics. Intoxication also limits situational awareness.


     Health Effects

Chronic ailments such as Cancer are real, and we all need to be aware that partaking in drugs of any form can lead to such diseases. Additionally, the consequences of developing cancer, for instance, can and would be dire for not only the individual but also their loved ones. Cancer today brings well-off families to their knees, and a family living in a mansion can end up on the streets due to the financial burden that comes with treating cancer. Chemotherapy, cancer medication, and MRI scans are not only costly but also very uncomfortable. Chemo, for instance, can bring the individual so much pain that they nearly give up even before the disease proves to be fatal. Cancer is deadly, and there is no cure. The saddest thing is that most who suffer the ailment lose their lives. Our condolences to those who have lost their loved ones to cancer. 


    Medical Assistance

Addiction can be defeated, and if you as an individual feel that you have a craving towards something, it is always advisable to seek help. Having a support system would also ensure that one does not take the healing journey alone. One can have a sponsor who they can call to comfort them and give them strength. One can also go cold turkey and seize use. However, depending on the addiction, it is always recommended to have correct and enough knowledge on how to stop. For instance, alcohol withdrawal can be fatal in some cases or can leave the individuals desperate. The situation can lead the individual even to harm others just to acquire the money to feed the insatiable habit. Please always be careful around habits. Habits can and most likely will become conditions or diseases. Pray, heal, and seek guidance from God. Addiction can be defeated, and if you ever feel you need some help, please contact your local health provider for medical assistance and addiction treatment. 

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David Mania
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David Mania is an upcoming musician and blogger.

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