How to effectively fight addiction

University of Cape Town counseling psychologist Bathandwa Mazeka offers strategies for coping with drug addiction.

A new year is a new beginning and different choices for many people.

Some people might consider getting rid of an addiction that might be more difficult than expected.

Speaking to Ray White, Mazeka explains some long term strategies for overcoming addiction.

The first step in getting help and dealing with the addiction is admitting that there is a problem, the substance I am taking or the gambling I am playing is problematic.

Bathandwa Mazeka, Consulting Psychologist – University of Cape Town

With most substances it is not easy (cold turkey), but some people are able to overcome it immediately using willpower and discipline.

Bathandwa Mazeka, Consulting Psychologist – University of Cape Town

It is not a good idea to replace one addiction with another. It is not really an effective long term strategy for dealing with addiction.

Bathandwa Mazeka, Consulting Psychologist – University of Cape Town

Listen to the full interview below:

This article first appeared on 702: How to Fight Addiction Effectively

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