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    Is there any natural method to control addiction?

    From the below article -

    A few years ago, a friend of mine decided to quit smoking. She didn’t follow any pre-set plan, like Nicotine Anonymous, or do any research. Instead, she just quit. She also took up running, and around the same time started dating someone new—someone who didn’t smoke. She’s been cigarette-free ever since.

    We tend to think that stopping an addictive behavior means joining a group, seeing a therapist, going to a treatment center, or taking a medication that helps with cravings. It may come as a surprise to you—it certainly surprised me—that some people break addictions without any help.

    It turns out that my friend instinctively did what these “natural recoverers” often do to break addictions to drugs, alcohol, gambling, and other problems. Many natural recoverers take these two steps:

    They find a new hobby, challenge, or relationship to help fill the void left by the addiction. It may be something they liked doing before the addiction took over, or something new. Whatever it is, it provides new meaning in their lives.
    They start exercising. This is important for two reasons. One, exercise is a natural antidepressant. It relieves stress and helps you think more clearly. Two, exercise prompts the body to release its own psychoactive substances—endorphins—that trigger the brain’s reward pathway and promote a feeling of well-being.

    Both of these steps are important on their own, but they also lead to a vital outcome: the person becomes reinvested in himself or herself and in a new community, most likely of people who aren’t involved in the object of addiction.

    It isn’t by any means a foolproof approach. Natural recoverers usually try to quit several times; ultimately, one attempt succeeds. Yet each attempt represents a lesson learned and progress toward the ultimate goal of quitting. In fact, research shows that each attempt has its own probability of success, so repeated attempts to quit increase the likelihood of eventual success.

    The more severe the addiction, the harder natural recovery becomes. It is also difficult if other psychological disorders are present. Anyone with a severe addiction, depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues will have a better chance at success by enlisting the help of a health professional. And here’s a cautionary note: Don’t try to break an addiction to an anti-anxiety medication or tranquilizer on your own, because the withdrawal symptoms can be very serious, and sometimes even fatal.

    This information—and more insights on breaking an addiction—can be found in Overcoming Addiction: Paths toward recovery, a new Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School. You can see a description of the report, a;ong with a free excerpt on assessing your readiness to change, at www.health.harvard.edu/ADD.

    Have you recovered from an addiction? Tell us what worked for you.
    We tend to think that stopping an addictive behavior means joining a group, seeing a therapist, going to a treatment center, or taking a medication that helps with cravings. Some people manage to break an addiction without any help. These "natural recoverers" tend to take two key steps: They find a new hobby, challenge, or relationship to help fill the void left by the addiction. And they start exercising. Exercise is important because it acts as a natural antidepressant. It also prompts the body to release its own psychoactive substances—endorphins—that trigger the brain's reward pathway and promote a feeling of well-being. Natural recovery isn't a sure thing, and the more severe the addiction, the harder it is to do.
    Last edited by marshallblankinship; 03-07-2017, 05:15 AM.

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    Marshall,
    Welcome to the forum!! To answer your question honestly I don't believe so. I know with my experience, nothing natural has worked for me, but that's not the case for everyone. I believe it all comes down to the human mind...how bad do you want it? Do you have will power? Are you willing to put in work? Sure, finding new hobbies will help you in recovery and keep your mind occupied. But I am a firm believer that people should not just suddenly stop taking heroin cold turkey, even quitting smoking suddenly can be dangerous. Depending on how much you are using your body basically goes into shock which creates anxiety and stress. My opinion on topics such as this are often unpopular. I'm not sure if its because I have a background in the medical field and mostly all my college courses were science...but I side with the medicinal route when it comes to things such as quitting drugs. Even if its just a 5 day Subutex detox. I feel like some addicts really do need medicication (not abusing it, closely monitored by a physician) and if they aren't treated properly things can get bad. 💛Megan

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      Yes Yoga and Meditation is one of the best way to control addiction .

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