Recruiting wisdom of two approaches to addiction: abstinence vs moderation


I wrote an earlier post    https://diddly.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/how-to-work-around-the-peak-of-your-desire-mind-judo/  on the positive uses of procrastination, and I have been experimenting with it as have some of my clients. You’ll find the link to the research in my post.

Simply put, you put off negative behaviors rather than just trying to abstain ‘forever’. It works pretty well as long as your limbic system isn’t susceptible to being overridden by the behavior in question.  For example, if you put off drinking alcohol, and you are an addict, that one drink could send you on a long destructive ride that may last years and even end your life. But procrastination can be used positively by an addict. For example, an addict may have an urge to visit friends or places where the addictive behavior has taken place in the past.  If they put off giving into the impulse, it may subside completely, but even if it doesn’t, they will buy time for themself to put in measures that make the visit more safe, such as bringing a sober friend with you or not bringing money.

So I am inviting consideration of allowing more mindful and moderate exposure to addictive triggers in moderation via procrastination strategies. Some problem drinkers may even be able to drink in moderation but with more attention to context using the procrastination strategy. Other problem drinkers may not be safe using the moderation option with the addictive behavior itself, but they can still avail themselves of procrastination strategies so as to save their daily willpower for the moments of direct temptation

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