When most people think of addiction, they think of things such as alcohol or drugs. However, there are many other things that an individual can become addicted to, and virtually everyone is subject to it in one form or another. For some people it is eating too much, while for others it is work, sex or gambling. Regardless of what you’re addicted to, the outcome is always the same. Kicking out the habit before it starts is the key to living a healthy and balanced life.
Change The Way You Manage Chronic Pain
We live in a society where almost everyone wants a quick solution to their problems. The pharmaceutical industry makes billions responding to these needs, offering medication for everything from hair loss to chronic pain. The problem with these medications is that people resort to using them as a fast solution rather than finding alternative methods that might take longer, but which are more effective in the long term. This has led to a quadrupling in prescription drug overdoses during the last 20 years.
Focus On Your Mental Health
We frequently hear about the importance of getting regular exercise for physical health, and this is certainly important. Equally important is mental health. Those that fail to emphasize their mental health are subject to things such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression or even schizophrenia. Speaking with a mental health counselor at least once a year is a great way to determine if there are any unresolved issues in your life.
You should also take classes which teach you different ways to manage stress and anxiety. Such courses will also teach you the importance of empathy and will develop skills that will help you ward off stress in the same manner that a healthy immune system wards off disease.
Learn To Treat Trauma Correctly
Traumatic experiences can appear in many forms. Physical abuse, rape, frontline combat, torture, childhood abandonment and bullying are just a few of the many traumatic experiences life can bring. Anyone who has been through these things may find it hard to cope, and some will resort to abusing substances such as drugs or alcohol. These substances are high in demand among those who have been through extreme trauma because it helps them temporarily forget while improving their mood.
Because extreme trauma can come in so many forms it is important to seek professional help. This is true even if you are humiliated or afraid to talk to others about what you’ve gone through. A growing number of mental health professionals are offering a service which caters to those who have been sexually abused or who have survived combat. The services they provide are invaluable and very important for society. Schools can implement programs which discourage bullying and punish children that continue to abuse their peers.
It is also important to recognize when you’re becoming addicted to a substance. If you find yourself withdrawing from family and friends or routinely using the same substance over and over again, this should be a warning sign.