Avoid Your Ex Like Crack and 16 Other Ways to Get Over a Breakup

Time-tested ways to pick up the pieces after he shatters your heart (18 Photos)

Norine Dworkin-McDaniel on Apr 24, 2012 at 3:39PM

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Avoid Your Ex Like Crack and 16 Other Ways to Get Over a Breakup

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Avoid Your Ex Like Crack Cocaine

Right now, you’re hooked big time, and you need to detox. Love and sex are pretty potent drugs -- they ping the brain’s reward system just like cocaine and cigarettes. In fact, imaging studies done at Rutgers University show that being in love lights up the same brain regions as a cocaine high while losing that love in a break-up activates the same brain areas that get tripped when an addict’s jonesing for a fix. As any 12-step program will tell you, the only way to purge a drug from your system is total abstinence. So, for the next six weeks to six months do not call, text, email, “accidentally” run into him or check his Facebook profile (in fact, unfriend or block him altogether). Each contact is like another hit off the crack pipe, warns Ethlie Ann Vare, author of Love Addict: Sex, Romance and Other Dangerous Drugs. Then you have to start the detox process all over again.

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