How to Overcome Addiction?

One of the manifestations of mental illness in young people is addiction. Addiction is defined
as a psychological​ and physical inability to stop consuming a chemical, drug, activity, or substance, even though it is known to cause harm to the user. We tend to think of it in connection with alcohol, narcotic drugs, tobacco, vaping marijuana, electronic cigarettes, and such substances that are physically consumed. However, there are equally dangerous addictions like binge-watching TV, computer games and reckless usage of mobile devices. These affect the body and mind. Diseases of the heart, brain, lungs, kidney, eye, and ear await those who fall slaves to the above. This is apart from emotional issues like irritability, lack of empathy, mood issues, sensitivity to touch, sound and light, etc.

Essentially what addictive substances do is send high​ levels of dopamine, a natural chemical messenger in your body, into the parts of your brain that control pleasure, causing extreme feelings of energy. This is short-lived and in order to keep up the high feeling, one keeps on using the substance. It becomes a vicious circle.

How to cure oneself of addiction? The person has to show tremendous willpower and a desire to cure oneself of the problem. Diet, exercise and constantly watching oneself are ways out. Change of atmosphere helps too. But this is easier said than done. Almost always a counselor intervention is needed. An expert counselor can strike at the root of the addiction issue and address it rather than just fix the symptoms. What makes the person go for the substance in the first place? Can alternatives be provided? How to bring down the dosage and gradually cure him of the problem? All these are possible and have been done too.