Are you suffering from an addiction? Is it drugs, smoking, alcohol, gambling or sex? Any addiction to, whatsoever it may me, can be of serious negative consequences on the physical and mental health of whomever it holds grip on. Overcoming an addiction can be very difficult, very challenging and most at times very depressing.
An addiction simply means “a condition in which a person engages in the use of a substance or in a behavior for which the rewarding effects provide a compelling incentive to repeatedly pursue such behavior despite detrimental consequences”
An addiction is a habit we have become very accustomed to. If you must kick out an addictive habit, you must first of all make a bold decision to quit and do a follow up by putting in a little effort with the right enthusiasm. Here are some few tactic that can help you to conquer and overcome your addiction.
Decide To Quit In Earnest
Think about how harmful that indulgence can be to you as a person, your immediate associates and the society. If possible, write down a list of all the harmful effects your addiction can bring. Cross out those effects you think are already beginning to have negative effects on you.
- List out the health implications that your addiction may likely result to.
- Think about and write out the mental, social and psychological effects your addiction is having on you.
- Ask yourself. What are the financial implications? How much money are you spending daily to feed your addiction?
- What other detrimental consequences is your addiction having on you?
Take a Bold Step Forward
Having listed out all the disadvantages of your addiction, think also about the good things you stand to gain if you quit your addictive habits.
- How much money you will be able to save.
- How your health would improve and appreciate.
- You can become more confident, social and productive at your workplace.
- Weigh the advantages against the disadvantages or harmful effects of your indulgence.
- Make a verbal declaration to yourself to quit. Consolidate on your proclamation by drawing out a list of tangible reasons why you have decided to quit.
Create a Distraction
Venturing into making deliberate attempts to quit an addiction without putting distracting measures to wade your mind off from such may not yield desired positive result. Doing nothing can be a causative trigger to develop an addiction. Making yourself busy at all times and keeping your mind occupied with more meaningful things would just be a tangible and tenable strategy to getting it done.
- Cut off and do away with your idle time to the minimal.
- Read more books or watch interesting series movies.
- Engage in regular exercise. Sweating it out will help in whiling away time, induce good sleep and help you to relax better.
- Make yourself busy, join a club or social group, hang out more with positively influential friends or take an additional job. Try to keep your mind occupied at all times.
Identify and Detach From Possible Triggers
What are those things that influence you into such overindulgence? Is it idleness, peer pressure, moving with a credit/debit card and having easily accessible excess cash in your wallet or walking past a restaurant or beer place? Whatever it may be, identifying it would help curtail it. Knowing what raises your appetite is a very keen in avoiding situations that encourage your addiction. If it is peer pressure, then it is time to cut off from them or take deliberate measures to avoid situations that may warrant frequent or subsequent meetings.
Seek External Assistance
The bold decision to quit an addiction must come from within. But after you have made up your mind to quit, you need support from family, friends or even a professional counselor or a therapist.
- Talk to a friend who will be willing to help you overcome your indulgence.
- Research online help support groups or contact an online therapist.
- Visit a therapist in person, select someone you can easily get along and feel comfortable in relating with.