When the word “addict” comes to mind, many will automatically think of homeless people on the streets, begging for change for their next fix. That or cliche AA meetings. Where people stand up and introduce themselves: “Hi, I’m ______, and I’m an alcoholic.” There is so much social stigma surrounding addiction. But so many people suffer from it. From alcoholism to nymphomania and more. Even smoking is a form of addiction, and many of us feel withdrawal symptoms when we don’t have a strong cup of coffee for a couple of days. Addiction is so much more widespread than many of us think it is. Here’s a little advice on addiction and when it’s time to seek help.
Many people smoke. It’s legal. It’s readily and easily available, even if it is relatively expensive. But smoking is a highly addictive habit. Nicotine is a drug which leaves you craving cigarettes more and more. Some people get to the point where they may be known to smoke forty or more in a single day. This costs a lot. But there are complications beyond financial sustainability. Smoking poses the serious health risk and can lead to all sorts of diseases. Most notably, probably, is cancer. So how do you know when it’s time to stop? Well, any time is good. Smoking has absolutely no positive benefits for your body. If you wish to quit smoking, you can gain help and guidance from your local GP. There are various programs encouraging people to stop. The introduction and rising popularity of vaping could also offer you an alternative option which helps you maintain your nicotine intake while kicking the smoke and tar.
Alcohol is legal in most countries. It’s readily available in supermarkets, liquor stores, bars, pubs, restaurants and most other social settings. It’s not good for you. But consumed in moderation, it’s not problematic. However, alcohol is a drug. It alters your state of mind and your body’s functioning. It can prove addictive. If you drink large quantities regularly and crave alcohol when you don’t have any readily available, there’s a good chance that you might be an alcoholic. Weening yourself off alcohol is a complex and large decision to make. Seek professional help to get you through this period. Whether that’s through your GP, group support meetings or an alcohol rehab center. These will help you safely break your habit.
Caffeine is a lot stronger than most of us realize. You can easily become addicted to it. So what is one cup of coffee too much? Caffeine stimulates the nervous system and makes you feel more active and awake. Regular use results in mild physical dependence. It’s not the worst addiction, but it’s worth avoiding if you can. Common sources of caffeine include coffee, tea, cocoa beans (so yes, chocolate) and energy drinks. If you want to cut down your caffeine consumption, try decaf coffees and teabags. Drinks made with these will taste pretty much the same as with caffeine, but they won’t keep you up at night.