5 Self-control tips that could prevent addiction
It does not take much for a causal engagement to grow into an unhealthy addiction. While we do need keep ourselves occasionally entertained in healthy social settings, we need to be aware of when to draw the line and exercise self-control over our urges.
This applies to almost any addictive product or activity. In fact gradual moderation can even aid in achieving eventual abstinence. For example, let us take the case of a heavy drinker or smoker who would like to quit the habit. A gradual reduction of the number of drinks consumed each session or the number of cigarettes smoked in a period could help in leading to eventual abstinence.
Even in the absence of addiction, any perpetual activity can be done with a bit of moderation. Ever heard of the advice given to shoppers to leave credit cards at home? This has sounded ironic and puzzling but it is true. Setting a fixed budget will prevent impulse buying and better savings.
Engage in healthy activities
Peer pressure is immense in today’s society and no one wants to be a misfit. However, negative peer pressure can often be stronger than positive peer pressure. The impacts of negative peer pressure are also immense and often leave lasting impressions for individuals and society.
While it may never be too late to turn over a new leaf, it is important to constantly engage in healthy and fulfilling activities. For example, instead of spending an evening at a night club, you and your peers could explore some little know places around the country. This will prove a unique and inspirational experience where you can capture memories to look back on.
A supportive family is a strong pillar to overcome any obstacle, however overwhelming it may seem. In fact a major part of deaddiction involves the patient and family members. If you do not have family nearby or live alone, the community can also be a similar pillar.
More than anything, a close family member or trusted member of the community may prove to be your best friend and confidant and support you in any possible way that would help you to make a positive difference. For example if both of you are smokers and If you are on a quitting mission, it could even be possible for the both of you to buddy up and engage in a healthy celebration once you have achieved your goals.
Before embarking on any new activity, it is recommended to read up on the impacts, effects and side effects of the activity.
Some points to think about include
- How much of a financial and time investment does the activity take?
- Does the investment of money and time, compromise or conflict with your personal and professional needs?
- Do you have to take into account any pre-existing medical conditions before embarking on the activity?
- What are some factors that may cause addiction and what precautions should you take to prevent addictions from occurring?
- What are some signs of addiction and how will you withdraw from the activity if you notice these signs?
Seek Help Early
Like any other condition, prevention is better than cure. However, should you unfortunately fall into the vicious cycle of addiction, it is important to seek help early. The earlier help is sought, the easier the treatment. Early intervention also enables a better understanding of your own condition and a better response to counselling and deaddiction. Having a good understanding of the impacts of addictions will also reduce the risk of relapse.
We all face urges and cravings at some point in time. While it is not wrong to indulge occasionally and when affordable, it is important to be mindful of not crossing the line.
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