Are you suffering from an addiction? Is it drugs, smoking, alcohol, gambling or seΧ? Whatever it may be, any addiction can pose serious negative consequences on a person’s physical and mental health. Overcoming an addiction can be very difficult.
Psychology Today defines an addiction as “a condition in which a person engages in the use of a substance or in a behaviour for which the rewarding effects provide a compelling incentive to repeatedly pursue such behaviour 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 zeal and determination. Here are some few strategies that can help you to overcome your addiction.
MAKE A BOLD DECISION TO QUIT
Think about how harmful that indulgence can be to you as a person, your immediate associates and the society at large. If possible, write down a list of all the harmful effects your addiction can bring. Cross out with a red ink 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?
DECIDE TO QUIT IN EARNEST
Having list 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 tremendously.
- 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 proclamation to quit. Consolidate on your proclamation by drawing out a list of concise reasons why you have decided to quit.
CREATE A DISTRACTION
There is a saying “an idle mind is the devil’s playground”. Doing nothing can be a causative trigger to develop an addiction. Make yourself busy at all times.
- 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 friends or take an additional job. Try to keep your mind occupied at all times.
IDENTIFY AND TRY TO CURTAIL YOUR TRIGGERS
What’s that thing that triggers you into overindulgence? Is it idleness, peer pressure, moving with a credit card, having excess cash in your wallet or walking past a beer joint. Whatever it may be, identifying it would help you nip it in the bud. Knowing what triggers you is a very important step to avoiding situations that encourage your addiction. If it’s peer pressure, then you may decide to cut off from certain friends or take deliberate measures to avoid situations that are tempting.
SEEK EXTERNAL HELP
Although the 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 counsellor.
- 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.