What’s your addiction? Whether you’re dealing with an addiction to alcohol, tobacco, sex, drugs, lying or gambling, admitting that you have a problem is always the first step to overcoming it, and it is not easy. Now it’s time to make a plan for quitting, seek help, and prepare yourself for obstacles you’ll surely encounter. If you want to learn how to kick that habit and start living life to the fullest again, keep reading.
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- you’ve experienced since your addiction started.
- Address why you became addicted in the first place. Ask yourself what it’s preventing you from doing or what the addiction is doing for you.
- Think about how your addiction has affected your physical health. Are you at greater risk for getting cancer, heart disease, or another illness as a result of your addiction? Maybe the addiction has already taken a noticeable physical toll.
- List the ways in which it has hurt you mentally. Are you embarrassed about your addiction? In many cases addictions lead to shame and embarrassment, as well as depression, anxiety, and other mental and emotional issues.
- How has your addiction affected your relationships with other people? Does it prevent you from spending time with people you love or having enough time to pursue new relationships?
- Some addictions take a big financial toll. List the amount of money you have to spend feeding your addiction every day, week and month. Determine whether your addiction has affected your job.
- What daily annoyances are caused by your addiction? For example, if you’re a smoker, maybe you’re tired of having to leave your office every time you need to light up.
2Make a list of positive changes you want in your life. Now that you’ve detailed all the negative effects of your addiction, think about how much your life will improve once you’ve kicked the habit. Create a picture of your life post-addiction. How do you want it to look?
- Maybe you’ll feel a sense of freedom you haven’t had in years.
- You’ll have more time to spend on people, hobbies, and other pleasures.
- You’ll be able to save money again.
- You know you’re doing everything you can to stay healthy. You’ll feel immediate physical improvements.
- You’ll feel proud and confident again.
Write down your quitting commitment. Having a list of solid reasons to quit will help you stick to your plan in the long run. Your reasons for quitting must be more important to you than continuing your addictive behavior. This mental hurdle is tough, but it’s a necessary first step to quitting any addiction. No one can make you quit but yourself.
3**Write down the true, solid reasons you’re stopping this habit. Only you know what they are. Here are a few examples:
- Decide you’re quitting because you want to have the energy to live life to the fullest again.
- Decide you’re quitting because you’re running out of money to support your habit.
- Decide you’re quitting because you want to be a better partner to your spouse.
- Decide you’re quitting because you’re determined to meet your grandchildren one day.