Addiction is so prevalent in 2019 that you don’t have to look far to find someone who will be suffering from it and its negative effects. Addiction can be responsible for diminished self-worth, estrangement from family and friends, issues at work, and decline of physical health. The good news, though, is that there are many millions of examples of people who arrested addition and recovered. It’s never too late to start fighting addiction, and there are many resources and tools available to help––including the use of essential oils.
The book Modern Essentials defines addiction as “an obsession, compulsion, or extreme psychological dependence that interferes with an individual’s ability or desire to function normally“.
Common addictions include drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gaming, work, shopping, overeating, gambling, porn, money, etc.; however, addiction can present itself in many other forms as well. In the early stages of addiction, an individual may still be able to function in society; but as an addiction progresses, it can start to take over a person’s life and make it difficult for that person to work, take care of themselves, or have normal relationships. If an addiction isn’t controlled, the results can be detrimental to a person’s quality of life.
There are many programs and professionals out there that can help with addiction recovery, and we suggest that you get the help that you need. Some helpful suggestions for addiction recovery include finding a support group such as AA, GA, CA, NA or another of the many Anonymous groups. You could try having someone you can call in a moment of weakness, avoiding triggers (stay away from people and places that remind you of your addictive behaviour), distract yourself with positive hobbies or interests, exercise regularly, eating healthy, and setting goals. All of these things can make a big difference and be helpful on the road to change. Even if you follow all of the guidelines outlined by a program or a health care professional, the road to recovery from addiction can still be long, tough and difficult; but it is very possible so worry not. Essential oils can also be a tool on this path.
Essential oils are great because they can naturally help with many of the symptoms of withdrawal, such as nausea, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, etc., and they can also boost your mood and increase your energy (See Modern Essentials for supporting research) so that you can keep moving forward on the road to recovery. Essential oils can also help reduce stress (See Modern Essentials p.274), which is important because stress is one of the biggest reasons why people often engage in addictive behaviours.