Are you addicted to something? Do you want to quit an addiction? How do I get rid of my addiction? This article Ways on “How to Quit an Addiction” is just for you.
Addictions are very difficult no matter your level of tolerance and self-control.
Your ability to resist the cravings and urges of addiction would even seem impossible to a lot of people, but this is NOT true. Yes! You saw that right.
Addictions can be stopped, but how can this be done? Keep reading.
What are you addicted to? Addiction could come in various forms, such as:
- Sex – which could equally be divided into various types: masturbation, pornography, engaging in sexual intercourse frequently etc.
- Anime, and
- The list goes on and on.
Table of Contents
- 1 How to Quit an Addiction?
- 1.1 1. Admitting you are an addict
- 1.2 2. Write down the negative impacts addiction has on you
- 1.3 3. Write down the positive impacts of stopping the addiction
- 1.4 4. Deciding to quit
- 1.5 5. Set a date to begin this journey
- 1.6 6. Avoid Environments, Places, Friends and Objects that trigger your addiction
- 1.7 7. Make new friends
- 1.8 8. Engage Yourself
- 1.9 9. See a Therapist
- 1.10 10. Prayer
- 1.11 11. NEVER let a relapsed by the end of the journey
How to Quit an Addiction?
1. Admitting you are an addict
As said above, realizing and admitting the fact that you are an addict is the first step to take.
No one would want to stop an act that is not harmful or stop something that is indeed productive to he/she in the first place, but addictions are quite the opposite, they are indeed harmful and would consume a lot of time you would have done something much better or be more productive with.
2. Write down the negative impacts addiction has on you
Addictions do have a lot of negative impacts on your heart and lungs (smoking), kidney and liver (drinking), your personality (lying) just to mention a few.
Addiction affects your performances in school, office, playgrounds, etc.
3. Write down the positive impacts of stopping the addiction
This point is crucial, write down the better person you would be without the addiction, like how fun your life would be, how long you would live, how productive you would be.
The positive impacts of stopping an addiction must outweigh the negative impacts of keeping the addiction.
This would give you a reason to stop and quit an addiction.
4. Deciding to quit
After realizing the negatives impacts it has on you, and the better person you would be without it, it is now up to you to decide whether to quit or not.
This decision comes with determination.
You should know that it is not an easy decision to make, and it would not be an easy journey you are about to embark on.
5. Set a date to begin this journey
Every journey has a starting point, the same thing applies to quitting an addiction. Note that this would depend on your kind of person.
Your ability to avoid procrastination has a lot to do here.
If you are a person that finds a little reason to postpone something, you should set a realizable date. It doesn’t have to be tomorrow or next year set a realizable date.
6. Avoid Environments, Places, Friends and Objects that trigger your addiction
If you are addicted to alcohol, you should try as much as possible to avoid bars or restaurants that make you want to take a bottle.
Same goes to gamblers, avoid casinos.
And avoid friends also who remind you or makes you want to go back to your addiction.
7. Make new friends
Most addictions are associated with loneliness.
Addictions that are sexually-related is a great example of addictions that leads to loneliness.
The fact that you don’t need an opposite gender or any person at all to satisfy your sexual urge (masturbation), would create the opportunity for pushing people away.
Loneliness is not the only problem associated with addictions – anxiety and depressions could also creep in. Making and creating new time for friends would help you get engaged.
Building lost relationships could also be another option.
To make it more fun, associations like Boys Scout, girls guide, red cross society, clubs etc. where you make more friends are equally advisable to join.
8. Engage Yourself
This could be in the form of:
- Reading more
- Starting a new course or project
- Learning a new language
- Getting a new hobby
9. See a Therapist
Although, this would not sit well with a lot of people, seeing a therapist or counsellor would also help in the healing process.
Even though in most cases the results are usually slow, it is still worth the shot.
If you are the religious type, a word of prayer would help. Making a confession to your God or creator and promising not to go back to your old habit would equally help.
11. NEVER let a relapsed by the end of the journey
You should know that it is normal to go back to your addiction on a very bad day(s), but don’t let that get to you and go back fully into it.
When you have a relapse, remind yourself of step 2 (the negative impacts it has on you), how far you have gone and tell yourself it’s NOT okay to go stop now.
Engage yourself more, pray more, avoid environments, places, friends, joints, clubs or anything that might trigger or bring your addiction back to life.