Most of us can agree that an addiction is a hard thing to let go of. Having faced it myself, I would’ve agreed. But there are very easy ways to beat addictions
Since I’m into biohacking and pill popping, I solve most of my problems with foods, supplements, drugs, and meditating. That’s really the basis of the easy ways to beat addictions. It requires no prescription drugs, no doctor visits, and no rehab.
With this 15 new and easy ways to beat addictions, it’s not only easy to treat addictions, but it works instantly.
If this is sounding too good to be true, you should at least read the whole post. We focus on the science and the facts, not prayers and wishes.
Before We Get Started…
Please keep in mind that this isn’t a post to offer sympathy to people that struggle with addictions. This guideline on easy ways to beat addictions will discuss things that actually work, backed up by studies, and at no cost whatsoever.
Everyone of us are addicted or dependent to at least one thing; tobacco, coffee, prescription drugs, illegal drugs, sweets, alcohol, social media attention, porn, cell phone, netflix, etc.
The traditional approach often involves finding distractions, reasoning with ourselves, and resisting the urge. This entails reading a book, journaling, calling a friend, thinking about our purpose and our loved ones, etc.
We only have limited storage of willpower in any given day. Resisting the urges and finding distractions will eventually fail. Not only that, it may cause one addiction to transition into new addictions and problems.
What does work is neurochemically improving impulse control, and preventing cravings altogether. So this means that you don’t have to taper or consciously reduce your dose for this guideline to work.
What it takes is avoiding certain foods, practicing mindfulness, and taking some vitamins. And more importantly, to accept this one thing; to beat an addiction is an easy thing. I digress to say that it requires pretty much no work.
Things We Can Develop Addictions, Obsessions, or Dependence To
- Coffee and caffeinated beverages
- Television shows and movies
- Video games
- Social media
- Cell phone
- Pornography & masturbation
- Money & income
- Working out
Why Softcore Addictions Are Serious
Addiction comes in all shapes and sizes. Today we live in an epidemic of softcore addiction.
Nicotine addiction and opioid crisis are just the ones on the surface. There are also addiction to watching television and porn, constantly distracting ourselves and escaping from reality, and receiving likes on Facebook and Instagram.
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The patterns and the mindsets of the drug addicts and the average population is just about the same. It’s a pattern of constantly finding distractions, and getting the next fix. It’s the mindset of “I will be whole once I get that”. They just manifest differently.
The point is that sensory entertainments like TV shows, cakes, and shopping always takes more than what they give. They take away from our creativity, imagination, and critical thinking.
The chances are, you’re thinking that you’re conscious and aware of this fact, so you’re off the hook. The chances are, you’re not.
So these new and easy ways to beat addictions can help you too. Not just the drug addicts.
The Addictive Personality
- The main focus in life is pleasures, external stimulus, and fun.
- Difficulty sitting still and not do anything for at least 2 minutes.
- Seeking external stimuli most of the day. Ex; listening to music, using electronics, socializing, having tasty beverages, etc.
- Denial of being addicted to something when others think otherwise.
- Thoughts are mostly occupied with something or someone of interest.
- Food for pleasure over food for nutrition.
- Making impulsive decisions frequently.
- Difficulty completing tasks that takes effort. Ex: homework, going to gym, doing laudry, etc.
- Feeling guilty about doing something, and then doing it again.
- Finding ways to justify addictive behaviors.
- Easily becoming dependent to things. Ex; cell phone, car, medicine, person, etc.
- Frequently experiencing unwanted emotions, and having mood swings.
- Constant need to do things; reading, texting, watch TV, go outside, etc.
The New & Easy Ways To Beat Addictions
We will now get into all round approaches to overcoming addictions and building immunity to it.
The good news is that you don’t have to drop or taper whatever addiction problems you have. Just incorporate the methods and watch your cravings go down.
Every addiction is associated with dopamine dysfunction. The reward center is hijacked. So the mind chases instant gratification. This guideline will help address that. The chances are, this guideline will help with any kind of addiction.
I wouldn’t go out there searching for meth to test this out though.
Just remember that to follow this guideline requires almost no work. If you have doubts that the methods won’t work, then at least read the “[R]” = resources.
1. Inhibit CaMKII
Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase (CaMKII) may be closely related to drug seeking, intake and, withdrawal [R].
What inhibits CaMKII (Helpful)
2. Inhibit mTOR
Inhibiting mTOR reduce over-excitation caused by dopaminergic drugs, and may attenuate the behavioral effects of cocaine [R]
What inhibits mTOR (helpful)
3. Sugar Consumption May Increase Drug Craving and Preference
This study shows that high number of people with drug and alcohol dependence have a preference for sweet taste. This isn’t surprising because sugar lights up the brain just like cocaine does. Intense sweetness surpasses cocaine reward [R]
I actively avoid sweets for many reasons. But once every couple months, I will go on a full day of binge. For about a week after the binge, my craving for intoxicants goes through the roof.
There’s no moderation for this one, at least for me. I keep my sugar intake minimal; under 10 grams a day.
4. Alcohol Increases Cocaine Craving
And probably to other drugs too.
Alcohol downregulates GABA receptors [R]. This may have double effect by reducing stress tolerance and impulse control, and increasing anxiety. All of which contributes to addictive behaviors.
Alcohol is more addictive than cocaine [R], and possibly more dangerous than heroin in some regards [R]. Study by The Lancet created a chart for the relative harm scale for 20 drugs and rated alcohol as the most harmful substance.
Alcohol might just be the ultimate gateway drug. It’s nearly impossible to drop the other substances without dropping the liquor first.
5. Nicotine Increases Alcohol Intake
If you’re not already hooked to cigarettes then best to not touch it at all.
As the promise of the 15 easy ways to beat addictions, you don’t have to taper smoking. Follow the steps you can and watch your cravings go down.
6. Don’t feel guilty
By feeling guilty about a certain activity, habit, or addiction, you will derive more pleasure from it the next time you do them [R].
You might not want to make this an excuse to indulge, but beating yourself up and feeling like crap will probably make you want to do it more. Think of guilty pleasures. Best not to moralize or justify.
If you tell a kid they can’t have a candy, they’re gonna beg more.
7. Avoid Triggers
This one is pretty obvious, but it’s the one that gets me the most. I can do all the things I listed in this post, but certain environment, friends, and activities can trigger me hard. I may be strong for few occasions, or even months, but when things get stressful or boring, I will break.
8. Mindfulness & Awareness
Practicing mindfulness is promising for treating substance use disorder and preventing relapses [R].
Most of us go about our days on autopilot. Anything that is on autopilot mode has a set path and a predetermined destination. It takes awareness to initiate and motivate the change.
Being mindful doesn’t require you to drop the addiction right here and now. The point is to shine awareness onto what you’re doing.
What I recommend
If you’re smoking then pay attention to the motion of your hand going up to the mouth and then going down. Feel the sensation of taking hold of the cigarette onto your lips. Feel the sensation of inhaling and exhaling the smoke. Observe these sensations without judgement or resentment.
Pregnenolone may reduce alcohol intake and preference [R][R]. It can protect the brain from cannabis intoxication. It also has other health benefits such as increasing mood, motivation , and cognitive function.
Start at a low dose. 5mg is a good start. If you get some side effects then take 1 mg or discontinue.
10. 5HT1A Serotonin Receptor
Ways to increase or modulate 5HT1A receptor function
- Rhodiola increases the number of receptors [R] (iHerb, Amazon)
- Ashwagandha increases sensitivity of the receptors [R] (iHerb, Amazon)
- DHA protects the receptors from negative effects of high fat diet [R] (iHerb, Amazon)
- Lithium enhances the postsynaptic receptor sensitivity [R] (iHerb, Amazon)
- St John’s Wort increases the number of receptors [R] (iHerb, Amazon)
- Curcumin modulates the 5HT1A [R] (iHerb, Amazon)
- Ginger activates the receptors[R] (iHerb, Amazon)
- Magnesium increases serotonin binding to 5HT1A [R] (iHerb, Amazon)
- Butyrate increases the number of receptors in the hypothalamus [R] (iHerb, Amazon)
- Zinc modulates 5HT1A [R][R] (iHerb, Amazon)
- Manganese enhances the binding of other agonists [R] (iHerb, Amazon)
- Citrus Aurantium L. modulates 5HT1A [R] (iHerb, Amazon)
- Ginkgo Biloba reverses 5HT1A receptor density in aged rats [R] (iHerb, Amazon)
- Melatonin potentiates 5HT1A in the hypothalamus [R] (iHerb, Amazon)
Sodium Butyrate decreased the number of rats that chose to drink alcohol [R], and reduced the desire for cocaine in rats [R]. Taking small amount of butyrate at the same time as cocaine most effectively prevented drug seeking behaviors [R].
Very high dose of butyrate may reinforce drug addiction [R], so it’s probably better to take split low doses. Get butyrate from resistant starch like organic corn starch and green banana flour. Supplement can be found in the link below.
Nicotine enhances the release and function of glutamate [R], and such mechanism contributes to it’s addictive nature. Memantine is an NMDA (glutamate) receptor antagonist. It attenuated nicotine self administration in rats and decreased the subjective effect of smoking tobacco in adults [R].
13. NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine)
NAC might just be the holy grail. Or it’s at least an all round useful supplement that is effective, cheap, and well tolerated. It may just help with any kind of substance use disorder [R]
Subjects taking 3600 mg of NAC perceived reduced reward from first smoke after abstinence [R]. NAC treatment significantly reduces number of tobacco used daily [R]. It may also correct glutamate dysregulation, which is implicated in nicotine addiction [R].
NAC shows promising results for treating cocaine dependence, impulsive and compulsive symptoms [R], and psychiatric disorders [R]. It is probably helpful for people with low impulse control that has addictions.
14. LSD & Psilocybin
Psychedelic use may help with smoking cessation. In this study of anonymous survey, there was a significant percentage of participants that quit smoking or reduced smoking quantity after taking Psilocybin or LSD.
Psychedelic drugs may also be useful in treating alcohol use disorder. In this study, after a single psychedelic use, 83% of the participants no longer met the criteria for alcohol use disorder. Another study showed that single LSD use decreased alcohol misuse and improved abstinence. This was not maintain at one year. Continuous treatment may bring back the same benefit. Perhaps semi-annual dosing.
I do believe that silver pills exist. This could be it.
15. Deciding to Change
I was listening to Bentinho Massaro on how to change. He said that you either change or postpone change. If you’re postponing the change then you are not going to change.
This isn’t about procrastination, it’s about changing from within. Adapting to new environment is easy. Everyone does it. What’s difficult is changing your beliefs and patterns. But it is the most important step of the 15 easy ways to beat addictions.
Beating an addiction is an easy process.
This is for all the people that stayed strong for too long, and eventually gave in to addictions to escape the pain. I care for you and I will continue to do my part.
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