Diagnose: OK! Treatmet:???
There are lots of sites about procrastination and most of them miss the point in describing it. This site was the closest in diagnosing chronic procrastination. There are couple of sources indicating procrastination is not a time management problem, but this site was the first one relating procrastination with substance addications.
But still it makes us at the first step to cure. We were, only, able to describe it yet. But availability of "solid" cures are limited if does not exist at all.
I was wondering what is the procedure for curing substance abuse? I'm not familiar with 12-step program. Is it merely rehabilitation based on consultations or is medicine involved? What is difference between a substance abusing person's brain, in PA terms-lack of demand resistance, and brain of a person with will-power made of steel and concrete? Is it a chemical imbalance? Does anybody used medicine (for ADD, ADHD, alcohol addiction treatment, etc) which had a positive side-effect against procrastination?
I truly believe the similarities between behavors of a chronic procrastinator and a substance-abuser. I watched a documentary about a TV reporter with substance abuse problem. He had a hobby of recording everything on video-camera and a TV company made a documentary by combining/editing all his videotapes. Every recording was starting with regret (because he used drug last night) and ended with a promise for not doing it again. But next recording he was upset again because he couldn't resist. It was sad to watch him losing his job, his wife, etc. by time. When I looked at myself I have the same pattern. I fooled myself countless times to avoid an important task everyday. The result is pathetic. A paper/report which required 10 hours of work but actually 1 hour was spent to meet the deadline and poor quality work, dissappointed and frustrated advisor.
I'm losing hope as to there's no cure for this problem. I'm looking for a solid cure. What is the cause for my brain not to react accordingly for a task to be done. Why do I sit and waste time instead of working on the task? Is this a problem with chemicals in brain?
The reason I have still some hope is that, 12 years ago I studied for university entrance exam and I was studying 12 hours a day. That's the only thing which makes me believe I can do it..
We diagnosed it well, but where's the treatment?