How to Get Rid of Caffeine Addiction ?

Even after centuries of coffee drinking and caffeine ingestion through other foods and drinks, there are differences of opinion about this stimulant called caffeine. Most people find that, used in moderation, caffeinated drinks are not a problem. In fact, some people are perfectly comfortable with drinking a cup or two of coffee in the morning or an occasional drink that contains small amounts of the stimulant.

For some people, however, there is a problem of self-control when it comes to caffeine. People might simply drink too much strong coffee, drink several soft drinks each day that put large amounts of caffeine into the system or take pills sold over the counter that provide a wide-awake feeling (buzz). This can be unhealthy, even for the most fit and physically strong individual. Almost every person who cuts down on the amount of caffeine they take in, or eliminates caffeine altogether, has to exercise self control. It takes will power and focus to end what might be a caffeine addiction.

Not only that, but if you want to stop taking in caffeine altogether, you will need the support and understanding of everyone you are close to. You will also need to drink a lot of water and other clear liquids to help flush the system. It’s necessary to admit that there is a problem, of course. An individual who is negatively affected by this stimulant is probably showing behavioral problems, emotional instability and maybe even physical symptoms that are very unhealthy.

Caffeine AddictionIn most cases such as this, it’s best to have a goal and a plan to reach that goal. It usually isn’t enough to just say “I’m going to quit….” and expect it to just happen. Once you set this plan in motion it is essential that you stay with it, in spite of any problems or temptations. One great first step is to eliminate the temptation by removing coffee, tea, caffeinated soft drinks, stimulant pills and all other caffeinated items from the home.

If you are going to gradually cut back, or reduce your intake to nothing, set some definite limits for each day. It may also help to set intake guidelines hour by hour, or by the half day. Replace the caffeinated beverages with such items as green tea, water, non-caffeinated soft drinks etc. People who have quit smoking have often substituted gum or a lollipop during the withdrawal period. After all, much of our eating and drinking is simply habit, not need!

Be prepared to suffer a bit during the first couple of weeks. The first few days will be hard, physically and mentally. You will feel tired and you will feel irritated. You will probably have headaches and may also feel stiff and sore all over. This is a “when” not an “if.”

Eliminating caffeine isn’t easy at all. It will be difficult, just as any long-term, ingrained habit will be hard to get rid of. If you realize that caffeine can be physically addictive and removing it will result in physical and emotional changes, you are halfway home.

Category: Addictions, Health

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