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I hate cigarettes

Quitting smoking makes me hate the world. How do I get over that? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Aug 5, 2006 - 34 answers

Novels with man wrestling with brothel habit

Novels in which a character (preferably main character) goes frequently to the whorehouse and has difficulty controlling this habit? [more inside]
posted by amusem on Jul 27, 2006 - 21 answers

Help me fix my Coke addiction

MedicalPersonFilter: Ok, I admit it, I'm addicted to caffeine. No, not coffee, I'm addicted to coca-cola. Basically, I'm wondering how I can kick the habit or reduce the heartburn I now get from drinking it? [more inside]
posted by ranglin on Jul 25, 2006 - 27 answers

Why should I stop drinking coffee?

Why should I stop drinking coffee? [more inside]
posted by DangerIsMyMiddleName on Jul 12, 2006 - 45 answers

Going Cold Turkey

How do I go cold turkey? Several months ago I had an injury and was prescribed pain killers (synthetic opoid, medium dosage). The injury is mostly healed and although I still have some pain it's at a level I can probably live with until I'm fully healed. But now I find that I'm addicted to the pain medicine. When I stop taking it, within 24 hours I'm itching and twitching so much that I have to start taking it again. I've decided not to prolong the situation and pick a suitable time to just stop taking it. But I'm nervous about the process and the risks involved. How do I go about setting up a time and place to go through withdrawal? How long will it take, what will it be like? I want to handle it myself, with help from friends and family. I'm looking for pointers to websites, personal stories, anything that can help me prepare for going through this.
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2006 - 20 answers

World of Waahcraft

Advice needed on how to get my husband away from World of Warcraft, and whether I should. [more inside]
posted by theredpen on May 6, 2006 - 29 answers

Morning routine for an internet-addicted college student?

What is the best morning routine, especially for someone who is (a) in college and (b) wants to fight something starting to look like internet addiction? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Apr 17, 2006 - 12 answers

1 More Arn

Is there any software that can limit the number of hours you spend at a certain domain, or with a certain piece of software? I want to be more productive, but don't want to go cold turkey on MeFi or Battlefield 2 (a video game).
posted by parallax7d on Feb 22, 2006 - 12 answers

Addiction: Physical vs. Psychological

Is Cocaine physically addictive? I once read that it is psychologically addictive but not physically addictive. While I realize there is a physical, chemical reaction when a user takes the drug, do they ever show signs of phyiscal addiction? Heroin is physically addictive. Marijuana is psychologically addictive. I have googled this subject quite a bit but still haven't found any conclusive answer. [more inside]
posted by Gankmore on Feb 11, 2006 - 24 answers

I am worried that I take too much vicodin.

I am worried that I take too much vicodin. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2006 - 19 answers

How can help my friend stop her slide into addict-hood?

My friend has gone from an occasional cocaine user to a regular (daily) user. As someone who has experimented with drugs, I never felt comfortable getting overly moralistic with her about her cocaine use, even though it always bothered me. But she's gotten to the point where she is snorting a few times an hour every night and almost all weekend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 3, 2006 - 19 answers

How long does it take for caffeine withdrawal symptoms to go away?

I am currently going through caffeine withdrawal. I have gone for three days without any caffeine and still feel bad. I don't have headaches, I am just fatigued, irritable, foggy headed and unhappy. Has anyone else gone through this? How long before you started feeling normal again?
posted by Sonny Jim on Jan 17, 2006 - 23 answers

What do I do about my food-addicted boyfriend?

My boyfriend of three years has an eating disorder. It's getting worse, and I need help (advice, emotional support, AskMeFi words of wisdom). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2005 - 43 answers

How do I make online poker impossible?

I've got a relative with a gambling problem. How can I fix it so PartyPoker (and its evil twins) will never be able to be played on this computer ever again?
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2005 - 9 answers

addiction/compulsion question

are there any socially-accepted addictions anymore?
posted by brandz on Nov 11, 2005 - 58 answers

Don't wake me I plan on sleeping in...

How do I break a 12+ year old habit of staying up too late? Is there such a thing as being addicted to staying up late? Or would it be addiction to sleep deprivation? [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Nov 10, 2005 - 31 answers

How to describe the nature of being trendy?

Is there a single word to describe a fascination with things that are new for the sake of being new? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Nov 6, 2005 - 27 answers

Addicted to sugar?

How can I wean myself off of sugar? It seems the more sweets I eat, the more I crave. I don't think that I can do it cold turkey.
posted by sandra194 on Sep 20, 2005 - 41 answers

Quitting Smoking has triggered a Major Depressive episode. What to do?

Quitting Smoking has triggered a Major Depressive episode. What to do? [more inside]
posted by INTPLibrarian on Sep 6, 2005 - 30 answers

Lusters Anonymous?

Has anyone been successful in intentionally ceasing to lust after the opposite sex? [more inside]
posted by psychotic_venom on Aug 18, 2005 - 26 answers

The right AA meeting for a beginner?

Which Alcoholics Anonymous meeting is best for a newcomer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2005 - 19 answers

nicotine addiction

So, I quit smoking some ten days ago. How long before my brain starts working properly again? [more inside]
posted by sfenders on Jul 25, 2005 - 24 answers

How does one learn to cope with technology?

When I leave the 'grid' for vacation — weekend or week-long, it does not matter — I feel liberated. Free. Refreshed. When I return, ubiquitous media (especially television and internet) really get me down. Then, after a few days, I'm back on the grid, sucking from the teat of technology. I feel dirty. And guilty. Still, I love technology. It's like I'm addicted (especially to the internet), and only quitting cold-turkey helps. How does one cope with technology? Without becoming a Luddite, how does one break free of the addiction? How does one find balance? Note that I mean all technology — cars and phones and iPods, too — not just television and internet.
posted by jdroth on Jul 21, 2005 - 18 answers

Quitting Smoking

I'm finally doing it. I'm quitting smoking - yay me! Anybody who has done this (and succeeded) - how did you get over the rough patches when the urge to light up was almost too powerful to ignore? [more inside]
posted by contessa on Jun 14, 2005 - 40 answers

How addictive is marijuana? Experiences and insights?

Marijuana is said to have the potential for psychological addiction. I just started using it, and I'm hyper-paranoid about such things (even when not high!), so I'm wondering about this. Has anyone here struggled with this? How do you tell the difference between "psychological addiction", and just wanting to do something fun, because it's fun? Is psychological addiction a bunch of anti-drug scaremongering? How do you tell if you're starting to become addicted?
posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2005 - 39 answers

Internet site blocking

Does anyone have recommendations for good software/methods to block certain overly addictive websites for say, the revision period prior to exams? [more inside]
posted by Mossy on Mar 24, 2005 - 10 answers

Friend with Drug Addiction?

I think one of my close friends has developed a serious drug addiction. They used to be an active, hard-working, happy person, but in the last couple of months they are reluctant to socialize, ended all outside commitments, are barely sleeping, have seriously neglected their hygiene, and I just found out they have stolen thousands of dollars from their work, at which they are well paid, in the last month. I thought it was 'just' depression, but the money seems to point to something worse and there is a history of casually using hard drugs. They don't seem to want help, so will it do any good if I try? Does anyone have any experience with interventions, or is that just something people do on television?
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2004 - 12 answers

What are the negative effects of Cannabis

Quite simply, what are the negative effects of cannabis? What are withdrawal effects from frequent use, possible health problems, etc. This sprung up from a discussion my friends and I were having and I can't find any reliable source (I'm sorry, I don't consider the government a reliable source on this issue, too many political issues). I'm paticularly interested in personal experiences, but as always more inside. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Sep 14, 2004 - 49 answers

Can I use my ex-coworker's drug paraphernalia to help him?

A coworker was recently fired. After he left, under his desk was found a used syringe and a pipe (crack? meth?), both obviously used. What, if anything, can be done to help? [more inside]
posted by papercake on Jul 28, 2004 - 12 answers

How can I deal with or get rid of my internet addiction?

Anyone here feel they are seriously addicted to the Internet -- and by addicted, I mean, your Internet use is a net negative to your social or work life, and you can't seem to stop it. If so, what did you do about it?
posted by luser on Jul 16, 2004 - 28 answers

Where to go when Metafilter is down?

On the offchance that this kind of thing should happen again (Oh the humanity! Six horrible days!), can anyone recommend good replacement Metafilters? [more inside]
posted by graventy on Feb 16, 2004 - 13 answers

Any tips on kicking caffeine?

Any tips on kicking caffeine? I've tried repeatedly to wean myself off of it, either failing miserably or succeeding, but finding myself getting back to it eventually. My consumption isn't even that much -- one cup of coffee each morning and maybe 3 sodas a week, but the difference is *very* noticeable. Short of midday naps, which my office tends to frown upon, how can I shake the fatigue?
posted by boomchicka on Jan 21, 2004 - 23 answers

Families and Addiction

This is a somewhat personal question. I've recently joined a 12-step fellowship to rid myself of an addiction. It's going well- almost 2 months free. I haven't told my family what's going on yet. Over the last 4 years, we haven't seen that much of eachother, so they don't have much idea of how bad my problem has gotten. They tend towards the judgemental and smothering. My sister is a social worker and she may have put 2 & 2 together. The obvious concerns aside, I'm also not that interested in invoking a lot of drama right now. To any MeFites with experience in these matters, what's a good way of breaking things like these to your family. Thanks.
posted by jonmc on Dec 23, 2003 - 44 answers

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