How to Stop An Addiction: Key Factors for Success
This challenge "how to stop an
has numerous sides since one's success depends on the following factors:
- presence of the past psychological or emotional trauma(s) that can be found in
over 90% of people
- support from the community of people with the same goal (to overcome
- support from family, relatives or people living in the same household
- current employment and/or hobbies
- the physical state of the brain, especially its oxygen and CO2 levels that can
either favor or prevent expression of addictive thoughts and behaviors.
It is impossible to predict the importance and contribution of each of
these factors on final outcomes. Many people may suggest that an emotional
state, will power and attitude of the person are also important. There are
also some other influential parameters. In this article, we are going to
focus on one's ability to get as much as possible from each of the 5
1. There are many methods and techniques that deal with emotional traumas. In
my view, the most powerful method is the New Decision Therapy that is based on
forgiveness and uses clearing three layers of denial in order to ensure success.
For more info about this therapy and how emotional traumas change our breathing
patterns, see this page: Emotional trauma.
2. For support from the community, a person needs to find out if there are
specific groups or counselors who work with the same or similar addictions and
join or consult them.
3. Support from family, relatives or people living in the same household
is often difficult to control, but remaining in the environment that causes
too much stress or promotes addictive behavior may not be a smart step.
4. Getting an interesting job and hobbies will surely provide a person
with a better substitutes to his or her addictive habits.
5. Finally, the last factor will be analyzed in more detail below since
this factor also explains an explosion of addictive behaviors that took
place some decades ago. An addiction to numerous substances and abnormal behaviors is nearly always
based, on a physiological level, on low body and brain oxygenation. Appearance
of numerous addictions during the previous century has roots in increased
breathing rates of ordinary people.
Why and how can ineffective breathing patterns and low brain oxygen levels
cause the desire for and possible addiction to sugar, caffeine, alcohol,
cigarette smoking, and other stimulants or depressants (including chemical substances and
What are the contributions of mouth breathing, chest breathing, and
breathing too much air?
Mouth breathing reduces brain and body-oxygen levels due
to arterial hypocapnia (low CO2 in the arterial blood) and reduced absorption of nasal nitric oxide.
Chest breathing leads to ineffective gas exchange in the alveoli of the lungs and reduced blood
oxygenation (hypoxemia). Over-breathing causes arterial hypocapnia, which
constricts arteries and arterioles reducing blood and O2 delivery to the brain
and all other vital organs. All these effects and how to stop these habits are considered
in detail on separate web pages.
How to stop addictions and their vicious circles
Possible symptoms of low body O2 include, but are not limited to chronic fatigue, confused thinking, and
depression. Potential addictive substances can often be respiratory depressants, like
codeine, morphine, and high doses of alcohol. Therefore, they reduce or slow down breathing and
cause a temporary boost in brain and body oxygenation. On the other hand, some addictive
substances can be stimulants which increase metabolic rates, as in the case of
caffeine, low doses of alcohol, or cigarettes. Then these substances provide a transitory
feeling of energy, improved concentration and fitness.
The major problems with these addictive substances are related to their
withdrawal symptoms and toxicity that produce stress on the organs of
elimination and increase ventilation. Therefore, due to
toxicity of the addictive substance, addicts suffer from increased hyperventilation and
deterioration in one's physical and mental condition. Increased breathing
later requires increased doses of the addictive substance.
This forms the vicious circle of addiction. As a result, body O2 content gets
below 20 seconds, and later even under 10 seconds. You can learn how to stop an addiction
naturally from clinical experience of more than 160 Soviet and Russian doctors.
can stop an addiction,
if you start to slow down your breathing towards the medical norm, while
practicing any breathing exercises that increase brain and body oxygenation. There are
also numerous lifestyle changes that assist you in increasing body O2 and
help to eliminate addictions. For example, if you avoid supine sleep (that
is the worst sleep positions according to over 20 clinical studies), you
immediately increase body O2 content in the morning. Any physical exercise with
nasal breathing (in and out) is another great way to get rid of addictions.
Body-oxygen test results and chosen lifestyle with possible addictions
Based on observations of thousands of patients by Soviet and Russian doctors,
as well as the experience of my students, here are the relationships between
morning body-oxygen levels and key lifestyle factors:
||Body oxygen < 30 s
||Body oxygen > 50 s
||Medium, low, or very low
|Desire to exercise
||Not strong, but possible
||Craving and joy of exercise
|Intensive exercise with nose breathing
||Hard or impossible
||Easy and effortless
|Typical mind states
||Confusion, anxiety, depression
||Focus, concentration, clarity
|Craving for coffee, sugar and junk foods
|Addictions to smoking, alcohol, and drugs
|Desire to eat raw foods
||Weak and rare
||Very common and natural
||Rare and requires efforts
||Natural and automatic
||Often of poor quality; > 7 hours
||Excellent quality; < 5 hours naturally
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