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25/03/2019
DRACULA: ORIGIN - How Playing Video Games Eases Drug Cravings

Drug addiction is a very tough thing to experience, and for most, it is a lifelong battle. It’s a problem not only for those who suffer from it but also for the people around them. The road to recovery is very difficult, and relapse is a very real problem. You can't fake it with the help of fake urine test no matter how many top rated fake urine brands are there. This is because quitting, especially when sudden, is very painful both physically and mentally.

Even those who have successfully completed treatment programs can have a hard time staying on track because they might still experience things such as drug cravings which can prove to be particularly difficult if you’ve just started the recovery process and are looking to get hired. Relapsing could prevent you from getting a job as most jobs nowadays require passing drug tests as a requirement.

How, then, do you prevent yourself from relapsing due to drug cravings? Well, have you tried playing video games?

Yes, video games.

A recent study has shown that playing video games such as Tetris can actually reduce drug cravings.

Researchers gathered several participants aged between 18 and 27, and the participants were divided into two groups. One group was asked to play the brick game Tetris while the other was asked to simply observe. Both were then asked about their cravings after a few minutes of playing or observing.

The Tetris group reported experiencing weaker feelings of cravings after playing the game than those in the group that didn’t. Data showed that the group’s cravings were reduced by up to 70 percent in just minutes after playing the game.

Although up for further research, the scientists behind the study believe that the reason this occurrence – dubbed as the “Tetris Effect” –  happens is because the same processes of the brain that is used when cravings are triggered are also engaged when playing a visually stimulating game such as Tetris.

This makes sense because cravings involve strongly partaking in the activity craved such as taking drugs. Although our brains are efficient and capable of multi-tasking, it does have its limits.

Furthermore, this is not the first time the video game Tetris has been used to clinically help psychological issues.

Another study has demonstrated that games like Tetris can help those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or more commonly known as PTSD cope with their traumatic memories. Their findings showed that under particular conditions, triggering said memories can make them less disturbing than they usually are which can greatly help the sufferer deal with them.

With these recent findings, researchers hope to use traditional methods in tandem with technology to find more effective ways of treating addiction and similar conditions. For those who suffer from them, this could be life-changing.

So if you’re a newly recovered addict and you’re worried about passing drug tests because of those pesky drug cravings, try playing Tetris and see if it helps you manage them. However, remember that this is only a tool to help you curb and cope with your urges. It is not a treatment plan nor is it a replacement for one. It is still advisable to undergo treatment and rehabilitation.

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