Blogaholism: there is hope.

 In reaction to a recent post on blogging addiction, which seems to have struck a nerve with many fellow bloggers, I have spent a bit of time compiling a list of handy tips for curing this awful illness. Yes, addiction is an illness!

According to this helpful resource (http://www.nida.nih.gov/infofacts/treatmeth.html), “Addiction is a complex but treatable disease that affects brain function and behavior.”

It goes on to say that no single treatment is appropriate for everyone – one has to think multi-disciplinary here. But remember, treatment needs to be readily available – we have to be practical. Therefore, some of the tips featured below may simply be impractical for your individual circumstances.

Keep in mind, also, that many drug-addicted individuals also have other mental disorders. I think it’s safe to say that this is true for blog addicts as well.

Fortunately, treatment does not need to be voluntary to be effective. If your children or significant other or parents organise an intervention and confiscate your internet access, you may well go on to live a long and happy life.

Source: community.beliefnet.com

Most people with addiction problems, are polydrug users. It might be necessary to simultaneously treat for Facebook, Twitter and other social media while addressing the blogging addiction. As fellow blogger Meladjusted recently remarked: “Pen and paper is the gateway drug for this addiction.” It may be necessary to confiscate these too, in order to move towards full rehabilitation.

Source: cartoonstock.com

The following steps may be helpful:

  • Cut off internet connection
  • Get a slower internet connection (WARNING: may lead to compulsive signal checking and moving from one room to another to find better signal)
  • Repeat the affirmation to limit blogging behaviour: “Once a day keeps the doctor away”
  • Lock your computer/phone in a sturdy cupboard, and give the keys to your children/spouse
  • Incentive/reward system: one chore = one check
  • Substitute with other activity such as smoking, drugs or gambling
  • Check into rehab with no internet
  • Family/friend intervention
  • Support group
  • Skin patch
  • Carrots
  • Handcuff hands behind back
  • Install blogger-proof software
  • Install automatic timer switch on computer
  • Go and live in a yurt
  • Aversion therapy: electric shock administered via keyboard
  • Electro-convulsive shock therapy
  • Frontal lobotomy
  • Counselling
  • Publicly denounce blogging and ask people to verify that you have stopped
  • Ask everyone to unlike and unfollow your blog
  • Delete your blog
  • Die

Erica Neser (c) 2011

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. meladjusted
    Dec 16, 2011 @ 18:03:30

    ‘The following steps may be helpful’: NOT!!! I came here expecting a CURE!! Now I am dissappointed and will have to go and blog about it 😉 Thanks for the laughs – I think you should be nominated for that Versatile Blogger thingie – really the mood swings are ‘versatile’ to say the very least! Always a pleasure to read your voice x (and thanks for the tag – I am so proud to be associated with you!)

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    • ericanexpress
      Dec 16, 2011 @ 20:44:16

      What, not even the skin patch or carrots?? In that case, your problem is obviously very serious. Go and blog 3 hail marys. Lekker to cross tag – we’re a team! xx

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  2. Mariaan
    Dec 16, 2011 @ 19:09:15

    1st Step is admitting you’ve got a problem!! So trots op jou 😀

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  3. Mariaan
    Dec 16, 2011 @ 19:11:35

    Love the “following steps MY be helpful:”

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  4. mj monaghan
    Dec 18, 2011 @ 22:30:36

    Ooh, this is something my wife should NEVER get a hold of. Yesterday she said, “I’m beginning to hate the word ‘blog’!!

    This is an awesome list, Erica! 😉

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    • ericanexpress
      Dec 18, 2011 @ 22:36:43

      Thank you! I help you out with advice on blogging addiction, you help me out with advice on laundry – we bloggers have to look out for each other… My teenagers read my blog via facebook, and I fear they are planning an intervention! 🙂 (PS: still haven’t done the laundry and it’s bedtime over here in summer. Oh well, tomorrow is another day.) Happy blogging!

      Reply

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