How to Quit a Drug Habit in Three DAYS Ver. 1.0.4
A SCIENTIFIC METHOD*
The Top Gun National Crises Troubleshooter, Retired
September 4, 2016
Drug addiction can be beat by knowing just a little about how our brains work and with a little help from a Russian Psychologist, Dr. Ivan Pavlov, and his discovery of “Conditioned Response” and acknowledging the existence of a “Higher Power.”
Pavlov performed many experiments with animals, but his most notable accomplishment was his work with a dog in a cage, a large beef steak and a bell. He would offer the steak to the dog in the cage from outside the cage and the dog would salivate. He then offered the steak to the dog and rang a bell. He continued this procedure for several iterations, and then he just rang the bell and the dog would salivate. This is how he developed his theory of “Conditioned Response.” [i]
The Existence of a Higher Power
The existence of a Higher Power has been the subject of debate with philosophers for many centuries, and the results often depend on the preexisting thoughts of observers when they are shown evidence of this Higher Power. Two arguments are thus summarized.
The Watch in the Sand
“You are walking along a deserted beach, you find a watch in the sand (electronic or geared), and you conclude, ‘People have been here,’ because it is highly unlikely that a mechanism as intricately designed as a watch might be thrown together by the chance forces of nature. A pebble on the beach might be curiously shaped, but anything approaching the complexity of a tool or a piece of sculpture, much less a complex mechanism, would strike us as proof of some intelligent being.” So it is with the universe. [ii]
Two men are traveling through the woods on foot and they come upon a well-manicured garden. It is a garden perfectly shaped and trimmed with flower beds arranged in perfect order. The one man sates, “There must be a caretaker around here to make this so beautiful.” The second man expounds, “This is a beautiful work of nature!” [iii]
The facts revealed in recent years about the universe is that the Big Bang Theory is now well accepted among astrophysicists and astrologers, and they have estimated that there are approximately four billion planets similar to planet Earth in orbit around a sun in the “Goldilocks Zone” (Not too hot, not too cold, not too big, and not too small). With water and amino acid, life can begin and evolve on these planets, as all the other elements for life are readily available in the universe. These elements are also known as “star dust.” We can argue that this was an act of nature and not of a Higher Power, or we can accept that a Higher Power put the universe in action with a Big Bang and it is held in shape by a web of gravitational waves. [iv]
The Method of Quitting the Drug Habit
This method for breaking the drug habit is based on the work of Dr. Ivan Pavlov in developing the theory of Conditioned Response and my own experience as a smoker of eighteen years. The following method applies the technology of Conditioned Response to the drug habit and redirects the response to complete the transaction begun by the stimulus. The stimulus is then removed by soliciting the aid of a Higher Power. This method is as simple as teaching a dog to sit or roll over. We can be trained to quit a drug habit, or, for that matter, train ourselves to do anything. The conscious mind trains the unconscious mind, and the unconscious mind does everything automatically, from putting a cup of coffee to our lips to reaching for a small book or smart phone instead of a drug.
The Drug Habit as a Conditioned Response
The first step in stopping a drug addiction is to identify the stimulus received that causes the response to want to “take a drug.” For me, the stimulus was an empty feeling in my chest that signaled my need for nicotine. Once the stimulus is identified, the response can be redirected.
REDIRECTING THE RESPONSE
The second step is to redirect the response that is given to the stimulus. A lot of people redirect the response to their mouth by eating something, chewing gum or a toothpick. A better place to redirect the response is to the mind. Redirection can be accomplished by replacing the cigarette pack with a small book the same size as a pack of cigarettes such as a New Testament Bible or a Smart Phone with the “TEXT” to be read). I suggest Psalm I and is recommended for its relationship to a higher power). This action in itself is a new response. When the stimulus is received (I need a cigarette), the words of the passage are read and they bring to conclusion the transaction initiated by the stimulus. The retraining has begun.
The Final Step
The final step is to ask the Higher Power to take away the stimulus. The very act of admitting a need for intervention of the Higher Power transfers responsibility for removing the stimulus to the Higher Power. You are also showing a trust for the Higher Power to remove the stimulus. Some common names for the Higher Power are: God, Jesus, Yahweh, Father, and Jehovah, etc. Use any name you desire for this Higher Power. Some people call this prayer. I simply call it talking with the Higher Power. This action is still consistent with the Conditioned Response Theory. These actions (praying, talking, asking) bring to conclusion the transaction that began with the stimulus (“I need a drug”).
A Proven Method
The method I found that worked was to insert a New Testament and Psalms Bible into my shirt pocket where the cigarettes would normally be kept. This book is the same size as a pack of cigarettes and works well as a substitute, as would a smartphone displaying the selected text. When the stimulus was received, I pulled out the book, turned to the first Psalm and read it from beginning to end. The first Psalms begins with, “Blessed is the man (woman) who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked….” The Psalm continues, “He is like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.” In about three days, I had successfully transferred the response to reading the passage. I then asked my Higher Power to remove the stimulus and admitted I was powerless to remove it myself. The simple act of asking and admitting to be powerless, to do this myself, was enough to remove the stimulus. In a short time, I did not have to ask. The stimulus was gone and I was free of the addiction to this drug.
[ii] Robert C. Solomon, “Introducing Philosophy” 4th ed., Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Pub. 1986, p293
[iv] Albert Eisenstein
Put this Message in your Smart Phone
Psalm 1 (NIV)
Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.