Overcoming any addiction can be tough and it isn’t just vices that we can become addicted to, here in California alone there are as many entering drug and alcohol rehab as there are trying to kick coffee or cigarettes and the form of addiction isn’t always the issue, it is how you can remove that addictive part of your personality. If you don’t meet the reasons for your addictions head-on then you may find that you can quit one thing but you will end up replacing it with another. If you are the type of person with an addictive personality then here are some tips for how you can fight your ad-dictions for good.
Facing Up To Your Problems
The first step when it comes to quitting anything is realizing that you have a problem in the first place. Regardless of what it is that you are trying to give up, a good way to approach the subject is to write down details. Let’s say for example you want to quit your smoking addiction, write down how many cigarettes you smoke, write down how much money it costs per pack, write down pros and cons of smoking, and be honest, once you can visually see how many you smoke and how much money you spend you will see more reasons for wanting to quit, the same goes for drink, drugs, sex, chocolate or coffee addictions. Drug addictions can be more difficult but this method can still work for mild addictions.
Make a Plan
To simply say ‘I won’t do that anymore’ is something that very, very few people are able to do when it comes to addictions therefore you need to make a plan for how you will go about quitting. Make your plan visual or do whatever it takes to stick to it, more importantly, make the plan realistic, if it’s alcohol you’re addicted to then try to cut down gradually, give yourself small and realistic goals, this way you will feel great when you achieve them and you can deal with your addiction in bitesized chunks.
Getting to the Root of the Thing
By far the hardest part of addiction is understanding why you have it, once you understand this however then you will be in a far better place to beat it. Professional help is always recommended when it comes to beating drug and alcohol addictions or eating addictions, for many others however you can try to work it out for yourself. Think of the triggers that cause you to indulge in your ad-diction, is it sadness, happiness, stress, anger or are you trying to escape something? The best way to start this is once again with pen and paper, write down all of your feelings in a diary for a week, at the end of the week, review the diary and try to pinpoint what is making you seek out your addiction. Once you can trace your addiction back to its roots then you can start to go about fixing the real problem.