When a person attempts to break a self-medicating behavior, such as an eating pattern or a substance addiction, the four stages of addiction come into play most prominently.
Bread, beverages, desserts, and alcoholic beverages are just a few examples of our most common addiction: food. Other types of addiction include fast food, which is especially problematic due to its high-fat content. People typically consume large portions of steak, burgers, chips (fries), and large salads, all of which are healthy options as long as the dressing is not piled high.
Another important component of one’s regular diet that should not be overlooked is cheese in chunks. Because calories are a measure of energy, you want to ensure you have plenty of them after a meal so you don’t feel exhausted. When you eat more than your body needs, you enter a state similar to being slightly intoxicated. As a result, when you eat, you don’t think about anything else, which is why comfort eating is done when a person is unhappy.
The first stage is resistance to change.
According to one program, you should avoid drinking anything other than water with your breakfast every morning, drink only once every other day, eat soup as a meal rather than something heavier, and weigh yourself every day.
This may sound a little frightening. You fear trying anything new or unusual that isn’t easy. You most likely believe that the current method is adequate and that the new plan will not meet your requirements. Nonetheless, you know that the current state of affairs has resulted in unfavorable outcomes.
The myopic viewpoint holds that what you are attempting will fail, even if you do not know or have not yet experienced the outcome of the reasonable conclusion. Because addiction has warped your mind to the old ways, you feel justified in giving up and succumbing to it.
Stage two consists of grudging attempts.
You’ve decided to join a weight-loss program and have done some research on various diets. “I don’t want to do this,” you think. “I’ll pick one or two days a week when I don’t have coffee and a bun on my break,” you say, adding, “I don’t want to weigh myself twice a day.” Despite your reservations, you’re going to give it a shot.
Stage three: To my surprise, I enjoyed it.
I decided to have some hot cereal for breakfast and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I had the most delicious soup at the deli for lunch. I was surprised at how much I came to appreciate it. In the evening, I replaced my regular coffee with a cup of hot water and found it oddly satisfying.
Stage four: The new method becomes the most comfortable and preferred method.
Your method of self-medication primarily consists of you making an effort to obtain the food and then eating it when you do. It is critical to distinguish between foods you are accustomed to eating and foods you genuinely enjoy. Ensure you don’t overeat to the point where your senses become dull.
The term “comfort eating” refers to the fact that you will eat anything to make yourself feel better. The thought of not being able to satisfy your hunger makes you anxious, and you become increasingly irritated. Consider this: You get a headache if you don’t drink coffee. As a result, drinking coffee will help alleviate the discomfort caused by a lack of it. It’s like using a carrot to catch a horse.
Knowing the four stages of addiction will help you be proactive in removing any resistance to making the transition mentioned in stages 2 and 3. It will also help you realize that a new way is the most comfortable and preferred.