Everyone has some type of addiction, even the person who lives an extremely healthy lifestyle has some sort of addiction. Maybe you are addicted to smoking and alcohol, maybe you are addicted to exercise? What about your favorite snacks, yes food is as much of an addiction as anything else? Food is just as difficult to overcome if you are addicted as anything else. Why do you think it is so difficult for people who develop an autoimmune disease to give up many of the foods they love? The reason is most of us are addicted to sugar and sodium, most people are highly addicted to processed foods and giving them up is very difficult for most of us to do?
Why You Want To Stop This Addiction?
Your very first step must be to convince yourself why you want to stop this addiction, most addictions are not healthy for you since you are overusing them. Even exercise if overdone can be unhealthy for you, I was addicted to exercise, and I was causing myself much pain from over exercising every day. I was not giving my body time to recover, this was very difficult for me to take days off from exercising at first. I started by writing down all the reasons I wanted to stop my exercise addiction, there is something about when you put it into writing means a lot more to you?
- Physical Health
- Emotional Health
How Will This Affect Your Life?
Often it helps people to write down how stopping this addiction will affect their life in a positive way, most addictions are going to save you money. When you are no longer purchasing these products, you are going to have more money, many people focus on what they can use the extra money for. Being able to save and afford something you have wanted is a very good motivator, another motivational reason people often look forward to is more time doing more enjoyable things, and spending more time with their family and friends.
- More Money
- More Time
- Confidence Booster
What Will It Take To Succeed?
What will you need to do to be successful with stopping this addiction, the most important things most people need are commitment and motivation? Figuring how you can stay committed and motivated is your key for success, one thing you must do is replace your time you used for your addiction in a new way, maybe you can start a new hobby or join the local YMCA? Spend more time outdoors in nature might be more your thing, whatever you decide is very important to keep your mind away from your addiction?
- Join A New Club
- Yoga Class
- Volunteer In The Community
- New Hobby
- New Friends
- New Interests
Now you are ready to figure out your plan to accomplish this goal, many mistakes people make is trying to go cold turkey. There is a very small amount of people who are able to just stop using their addictive substance, even food can drive a person crazy when stopping all of a sudden. Withdrawal is what drives people to give in to going back to an addiction, it is much healthier for you to gradually overcome the dependence for whatever you are addicted too. Often people will replace one addiction with another, this also is going to cause you even more problems.
- Physically Preparation
- Mentally Preparation
- Choose A Long-Term Date To Complete This Goal
- Use A Calendar & Track Your Progress
- Journal Your Thoughts & Feelings
A Good Support System
Many people with an addiction may not have a good support system, depending on your addiction you may not have many friends or close to your family? Support groups are a very good option if you are in this situation, you can find local support groups and even online support groups to join. Avoiding people who share you past addiction is an extreme importance for success, why tempt yourself by surrounding yourself with people who are using what you are wishing to get away from?
- Addiction Aides
- New Friends
Know Your Triggers?
It is important to be aware of what triggers you to crave your addictive substance, many people use their addiction as a negative coping skill. You must identify your triggers and come up with a replacement, what are you going to replace your addiction with when you experience your triggers? You can avoid some triggers by not hanging out with certain people and places, but there are some triggers you just can’t avoid, so you have to have an alternate plan?
What Is On My Mind Today?
There is no shame in having an addiction, everyone has a weakness to something which they wish to stop, the most important thing before starting any of these steps is you have to want to stop your addiction. Many people do not even know or admit they have an addiction, there are many people addicted to chocolate, or some other favorite snack food. Some addiction you can treat yourself to in moderation if you have the willpower, but for most people staying clear of anything which they are addicted too is their best strategy.
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