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Expert speak: Miley Cyrus's tip to dealing with addiction might not be for everyone

Miley says she decided to quit smoking up one day. But, according to an expert, it's a lot harder than that

Ujjainee Roy @UjjaineeRoy 17 May 2017, 8:48 PM
Miley's latest admissions might have you a little confused

Miley's latest admissions might have you a little confused Image: Twitter

In case you haven't noticed, Miley Cyrus is a whole new person — we mean that almost literally. It's like the Hannah-Montana-turned-crotch-flashing-wild-child is no longer there. And some other blonde has taken her place — well, a blonde with fabulous vocals. So, the new Miley has opened up about her weed addiction, and apparently, after years of usage, she just decided to not smoke up one day. Now, those of you who are familiar with the...umm.. patterns, would know that kicking an addiction is not a simple deal and it entails a process. We got an expert to speak about the issue.

"Anything that I want to do, if I want to stop or start something, I can do anything. I just decided not to smoke anymore and now it's easy for me," said Miley, who kicked her marijuana addiction about three weeks ago. "A lot of people have reached out to me and they're like, 'You know, if you want help or if you want to go to these meetings,' and I'm like, 'No, when I want something, I can do it," added the Wrecking Ball singer. But rehabilitation sessions are usually a key factor to kicking an addiction, and it takes a lot more than will power to quit it, although that is essential too.

"Addiction doesn't work that way. Most people who are able to kick a weed addiction initially substitute the dependency with something else, usually alcohol. That issue should be highlighted," says expert Tanmoy Bose of the The Genesis Foundation, an organisation, which works on creating awareness about substance use. "Addiction is something in which a person develops a bio-psycho-social dependence on a substance and experience a loss of control. So, kicking an addiction is a process," adds Bose, who has worked towards addiction awareness and prevention for more than 25 years.

"People who are trying to quit weed usually can't sleep at night, some people lose their mental stability, too. The process can also mess with someone's appetite and lead to restlessness, which is why people usually substitue weed with something else. It is very hard to kick years of addiction without going through some of the effects at least," says Bose. Miley, on the other hand, has been a tad reckless in her own version. 'Deciding' against smoking up is not how you can usually quit a marijuana addiction, like Miley says she has done. And rehab meets and training programmes are really helpful.

So in case you have a similar problem, or know someone who does, do not refer to Miley's story. Instead, seek out some professional help and talk it out. Below are some of the places you can call and discuss the issue.

National Addiction Research Centre, Mumbai. Phone: 022 2679 8332

Kripa Foundation Rehabilitation, Mumbai. Phone: 022 2640 5411

Shantiratn Foundation, Nasha Mukti Kendra, Delhi. Phone: 09911810801

Genesis Foundation, Kolkata. Phone: 033-64557118

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