PLEASE NOTE:

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

 
Theo
 
Comments: 2
Article views: 287
 
 
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.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

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
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Grenville Salmon
Uber making waves

Uber; Don’t be a Hater - It’s a Job Creator Read more...

0 comments 39 views
Submitted by
ShockJock
Where there is smoke, there is fi...

Graeme Smith the uber-boychie is just too too cool for school but is a devoted father looking out for his children's best interests. (Opinions expressed not necessarily those of News24)  Read more...

1 comments 174 views
Submitted by
Johan Erasmus
Mandela's legacy

Our great leader is gone, and I hope and pray that someone like him, black, white, coloured, Indian, I don't care; take the rightful spot.  Read more...

10 comments 157 views
Submitted by
Antonius Stark
South Africans - Delusional?

South Africa, as a country, is in trouble. It's not just because of the so-called "leadership" - though that is a massive factor - the citizenry has its own role to play in this sorry state of affairs. Read more...

19 comments 1839 views
Submitted by
Roux de boy
Roux de Boy, The Misanthrope.

The burning desire to rid the world of the evil that he is himself, the living-breathing and fleshy human being.  Read more...

6 comments 175 views
Submitted by
Abwana Boomklouf889
Debt Debt Debt!!!

One thing that worries me looking at the way things seem to be going on in South Africa is the amount of debt the country seems to be building up... Read more...

4 comments 811 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

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.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 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.