PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Theo
 
Comments: 2
Article views: 0
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all Theo's badges.
 

Disease of the mind

07 August 2013, 07:23
The mind is the addict’s biggest enemy.  It only tries to protect itself, by what it remembers as the one thing that worked for it in the past.  We have to teach ourselves new coping techniques. New ways of managing stress, and controlling stress.  Addiction doesn’t take the fear, or stress away, it hides it from us, and addiction forces us to think only about one thing, the substance.  It’s easier right? Only one thing to think about.  It gives us false sense of security.

Normally at the beginning stages of recovery, we have a lot of things in our lives to sort out. Relationships, Finances and of course staying clean.  It causes us to stress about a lot of things at once.  Fear starts to set in if we don’t see results as quickly as we wanted.  You will get memories from your past, memories of how easy life was on the substance.  Which is totally false.  As your stress hormones increase in your brain, the mind tries to balance itself out.  It searches for past experiences, what it believes as positive memories.  In the past the substance caused huge spikes in the reward and pleasure centres of the brain, so of course that will be the first thing it thinks of.  In the past the substance was the main coping mechanism. That’s all it knows. That’s what it wants.  That leaves us to crave, and we start to fear that we will never stay clean, and that we might as well give up, because everything was easier on drugs.

It is extremely important to recognise this.  It can lead us back to addiction.  But how? How can we change the thinking pattern of our mind? The one thing that we can supposedly trust.  Our mind, fails us.  We as addicts should realise, that addiction is a disease.  It’s a disease of the mind.  We need to relearn it.  We need to show it other ways to manage without the substance.  Every time we overcome a problem without the substance, a new pathway is formed in our minds.  In time the mind relearns to cope without the substance. It takes time, and al lot of self-control, discipline.

The mind can be our greatest enemy or ally. It makes us who we are.  We need to learn to recognize, when it fails us. We need to teach it new ways of thinking. New ways of coping. We will fail if we don’t.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Mark Duffield
City of Joburg - a law unto thems...

The City of Joburg is incompetent, egotistical, lazy, disrespectful of our Constitution and the rule of law. Most definitely not “in it” to serve and help their customers. Read more...

0 comments 2224 views
Submitted by
Mlibazisi Jeffrey
Las Vegas and Mogadishu: lessons ...

Intellectually open people know that terror has no race. Yet terrorism has been used to demonise and “other” Muslims and people of a particular look. Read more...

0 comments 134 views
Submitted by
Yj Draiman
Israel must build at least 100k h...

All the territory west of the Jordan River and more belongs to the State of Israel, based on historical data, international law and agreements. Read more...

0 comments 313 views
Submitted by
Siavosh Hosseini
Trump decertifying Iran could be ...

The Iranian regime is finding itself in a position of fighting for its very survival as the international community and the Iranian people call the regime to account.  Read more...

0 comments 248 views
Submitted by
DRUM Digital
SEE: People react to #Brickz sent...

Kwaito star and convicted rapist Sipho 'Brickz' Ndlovu has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the rape of a 17 year old relative. See how social media reacted. Read more...

0 comments 2871 views
Submitted by
DRUM Digital
SEE: Social media reacts to Zuma'...

President Jacob Zuma has done another cabinet reshuffle. See how social media reacted. Read more...

0 comments 1087 views
 

services

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2017 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.