Coping with Addictions During a Crisis
When crisis strikes, whether it’s a huge flood, earthquake or snowstorm, there’s not only going to be a lot of damage, but there’s going to be a lot of inconvenience too. We are all creatures of habit. One of the most common causes of stress during a crisis scenario is when we can’t satisfy our habits, many of which will be addictions.
In this article, we’ll look at what you should be aware of when preparing for a crisis. While stocking up on food and water is crucial, other items like cigarettes will be important too, if you’re a smoker.
When you’re craving a cigarette, nibbling on survival rations will NOT do. You’ll really need that cigarette to feel better. Do note that a survival scenario is NOT the best time to quit your negative habits.
You’ll already be stressed out from all the inconvenience and other unforeseen problems. Trying to quit smoking or drinking (cold turkey) is going to leave you shaking, breaking out in cold sweats and feeling ill. Don’t make a bad situation worse.
Be prepared. Ideally, you should quit the bad habits during peacetime so that you’ll not be a slave to your habits when disaster strikes. When the stores are closed and supplies run low, you’ll become desperate if you can’t procure the items you need.
This is one reason why some of the most commonly smuggled items in prisons are drugs and cigarettes. If you stopped to consider it, you’ll realize that inmates would function fine without these items, but they can’t because their negative habits are controlling them… and it’s that much harder to quit when you’re in prison.
If you’re smoker, you’d be wise to store enough cigarettes to tide you through a crisis. You can make your supplies last by smoking less often, but trying to quit smoking may be difficult during stressful times.
While medication can be used to treat a variety of health issues, some people rely on sleeping pills or pain killers to help them with their health problems. Do ensure that you have enough of these to last you through times when you just might not be able to get them from the doctor/pharmacy.
Some people have a glass of wine every evening, while others drink 12 cans of beer every night. While we’re not here to judge your lifestyle, do note that if you’re addicted to alcohol, not having enough of it will make you feel horrible.
It’s best to quit if you have an alcohol addiction but do so during peacetime. If you haven’t, make sure you have enough alcohol stored away for times of crisis. A stiff drink may actually be what’s needed to calm your nerves when the proverbial poo hits the fan.
Sugar addiction is a silent, but powerful addiction. It’s the main reason why obesity has reached epidemic proportions. Crave chocolate every night? Better stock up some for a rainy day.
Love your diet sodas? Make sure you have several bottles in a cool place. The same applies to whatever foods you crave. It doesn’t only have to be sweet stuff. Any food that you’re habituated to will be a comfort food during a time of crisis… and you’ll feel better when you indulge in these foods.
•Mobile devices, television, music and books
Generally, these addictions are less addictive/harmful, and you might not even have a choice but to give most of them up during a crisis. If there’s a power failure, charging your mobile devices may not be an option.
The state-of-the-art flat screen TV will become a white elephant when there’s no electricity. Reading books will be difficult if there’s no light. You can’t listen to music, unless you have a portable radio and even then, you’ll need batteries to operate it and the only thing on the radio might be news updates.
Bearing all these in mind, you may choose to be optimistic and store DVDs of your favorite movies and several books you love. In the event that the power doesn’t go down, you’ll be able to occupy your time without being bored out of your mind.
Study your daily activities and observe your habits. Know what you like and need most. If you can eliminate the detrimental habits, do it gradually, but always be prepared for tough times. Once you’ve weaned yourself off most addictions, you can discard or giveaway what you’ve stored.
DO NOT keep them just in case. Even if you’ve quit smoking, having a few packs of cigarettes stored in the basement will result in your getting back on the habit as you smoke to relax.
Expect the best, be prepared for the worst.