“My husband was addict towards smoking…. there were several things he could quit, but when it came to smoking, it came back again and again. And mostly because he was in the company of those, with whom he mostly smoked. Or maybe, this nicotine became a physical habit, such that his regular bodily activities depended on it. But after seeing my dad suffer from the adverse effects of smoke, I made it a point that I will make my husband quit it. Regular quarrels made some difference perhaps, I knew he was trying, but after a few days he could not stick to his own words….. after the 31st I have not seen him smoke. He made it a point, that new year should have no more, dead cigarette buds around, it cannot be gradually reduced to end, it has to end now….” (Anonymous)
Most of us are addicted towards various things. Addiction is a state of compulsive practice, or some action which has rewarding consequences as well as later adverse effects. It may not be always intoxication or drug. Addiction can be with anything.
Too much shopping becomes an addiction.
Social networking is a serious addiction for the teenagers. Text messages over phone is an addictive communication for many.
So it is no more about a cigarette or alcohol, it is a wider picture.
Most of us can work for approximately 10-11 hours a day, after omitting the sleep time, washing and bathing time, eating and drinking time, and general rest period.
But within the permissible work period, most of us waste approximately 4-5 hours after the addiction that we are carrying.
You don’t believe it?
One who is interested in window shopping over the internet, opens up his laptop in the morning to finish some important write-ups, but finally ends up visiting #Jabong or #Flipkart and it goes on from one to the other, from #Myntra to #9Rasa to #Amazon to XYZ, in the process of comparing the price of one particular article that was in the choice list.
Then what happens is, surfing through other sites, gives you a pop up window which keeps publishing some #ItemsYouMayLike and you click on them to inquire the price and this goes on till after 3 hours you realise that you have actually ordered nothing, but have wasted a hell lot of time, and soon you will be called for lunch.
Addictions have worse effects on your physical and mental health. Constantly texting over the phone, in between serious study or professional task, breaks your concentration, i.e. disturbs your mental balance because you are trying to do two different activities (or sometimes three) at the same time. Hence it affects the work you are doing.
Gaming is a serious addiction amongst kids.
All work no play, makes Jack a dull boy, but all play and no work will make Jack a #NoBoy.
Game can actually improve your reaction speed and alertness, but at the same time wastes your quality time, that is meant for other serious works. 65% of parents of 5th-10th grade students, complain that their children are losing 16-20 hours in a week, gaming, for which they are having to block the computers, else their studies and co-curriculums are failing to reach completion.
A game lacks any emotional tangent, so a constant gamer, soon becomes mechanical in his reactions, loses logical reasoning capability, tries to follow an identical pattern in everything he does.
As for smoke and drink, we all know- “cigarette smoking is injurious to health, it causes cancer. Alcohol consumption is injurious to health” (mostly spoken in a nice flowy pattern)
But beyond this, they waste a lot of money, just as shopping and café gaming does.
Biting nails, scratching your head occasionally, picking your nose are compulsive habits that some people regularly indulge in, and these affect their personality development.
But mostly we ignore these consequences due to the reward stimuli we receive instantaneously, and sing out, whatever it may count, but we are “Aadat se majboor”.
However, often our addictions get the better of us. But for some it gets serious. They themselves want to quit it, but are unable to. Adverse effects of addiction get visible over a longer period of time, so quit it as soon as you think of it.
- Be firm in your decision. Firstly, you need to make up your mind that you will quit your addiction, and will not want to derive the momentary pleasure (that it gave) anymore.
- Fix a date. Mark a date in red, on your calendar, that beyond the particular day, you won’t indulge your addiction further.
- When the date arrives, throw away the last piece of fag, or any other packets lying around in your house.
- Keep your promise to yourself, not to anyone else.
- Avoid places and people which urge you to go back to your addiction.
Sometimes, your brain will misguide you. You might hear a voice calling out to you, “its ok to take up once, do it, the world won’t collapse”. This is because, when we are tired, our pre-frontal cortex stops reacting actively. Do not pay heed to such voices. Use your rationalization #AntiAddiction.
Do not let a weak moment soil your long fight against addiction.
If nothing else is working, take the help of experts and counsellors. Talk to a counsellor for advice. A medical practitioner may help you medicines for curing with addiction.
Once you are able to overcome your weakness, you will feel so much confident. Giving up addiction is not easy, but once you do it, you will have a sense of freedom, you will feel happy that you have done it. You will save a lot of time, money and physical and mental energy.
You can now do some productive work, practice your hobbies, or spend some quality time with friends and family, because you do not have your addiction. Initially some of your #CrimePartners may insist that what you are doing is cowardice, sheepish, foolish etc. etc. but once you achieve this freedom, you will actually become more likable in the society.
Then you can also set an example for your peers.