How to Fight and Get Rid of an Addiction
No matter how much tolerance and self-control you have, addictions are extremely difficult to overcome. Many people believe it is difficult to fight the cravings and drives of addiction, but this is not the case. Yes! you read that correctly. Addictions can be overcome, but how do you do it?
Addiction can come in many 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.
Admitting that you are an addict, regardless of the type of addiction you have, is the first step toward recovery. The majority of addicts are completely unaware that they are addicted, which is quite dangerous. One of the first steps in overcoming addictions is admitting you are an addict and recognizing the negative effects it has on you. Let’s get to know and grasp how to battle and overcome an addiction without further ado.
How to Fight and Quit an Addiction?
- Admitting you are an addict: As previously stated, the first step is to recognize and confess that you are an addict. No one wants to stop doing something that isn’t detrimental or beneficial to them in the first place, but addictions are the exact opposite; they are damaging and waste a lot of time that could have been spent doing something much better or more productive.
- Write down the negative impacts addiction has on you: Addictions have numerous bad consequences for your heart and lungs (smoking), kidney and liver (drinking), and personality (lying), to name a few. Addiction has an impact on your performance at school, work, and on the playground, among other places.
- Write down the positive impacts of stopping the addiction: This is an important step: write out how much better of a person you would be without the addiction, such as how much more enjoyable your life would be, how long you would live, and how productive you would be. The benefits of quitting an addiction must outweigh the disadvantages of continuing to do so. This would provide you with a motive to put an end to your addiction.
- Deciding to quit: It is now up to you to determine whether or not to quit after realizing the negative effects it has on you and how much better you would be without it. This decision has been made with zeal. You should be aware that this is not an easy decision to make, and that the trip you are about to embark on will not be easy either.
- Set a date to begin this journey: Just as any trip begins with a beginning point, so does the process of stopping an addiction. This, of course, depends on your personality. It has a lot to do with your capacity to avoid procrastinating. If you are someone who always finds an excuse to put off doing something, you should establish a date that you can stick to. Set a realistic date. It doesn’t have to be tomorrow or next year.
- Avoid Environments, Places, Friends and Objects that trigger your addiction: If you’re addicted to alcohol, you should try to stay away from bars and restaurants that tempt you to order a bottle. Gamblers should avoid casinos as well. Also, avoid friends that remind you of your addiction or make you want to return to it.
- Make new friends: Loneliness is linked to the majority of addictions. Sexual addictions are an excellent illustration of addictions that lead to loneliness. The fact that you don’t require an opposing gender or even another person to satisfy your sexual drive (masturbation) creates a chance for people to be pushed away. Addictions aren’t just related with loneliness; anxiety and sadness are also possible side effects. Making and generating fresh time for pals can assist you in becoming more engaged. Another alternative is to rebuild shattered relationships. Associations such as Boys Scouts, Girls Guides, Red Cross Society, clubs, and others where you may make more friends are also recommended to join to make it more enjoyable.
- Engage Yourself: This could be in the form of:
- Reading more: Develop the habit of reading, but mind you, there are a lot of books out there that can equally trigger your addiction. Avoid such books, rather read books that focus on determination, building up friendships, fighting obstacles etc.
- Starting a new course or project: Pick up a new course, project or even trade and venture into it, an online business or course can be one. You would become more occupied trying to find your way around such a course, and would not find time to think of how much you missed your old habit.
- Learning a new language: Learning a local or even an international language can be fun and time-consuming. Exactly what you need when quitting an addiction.
- Getting a new hobby: Just like the above point, getting a new hobby would also help you in quitting an addiction. Get a new hobby like singing, dancing, playing football etc. would do the trick.
- Exercising: Engaging in exercises is another way to help you quit an addiction. Aerobic exercises like running, skipping, jumping, cycling etc. would do just fine. Weight lifting and yoga exercises too would do a lot good since addictions are associated with emotional pains.
- And, whatever could fill in those empty spaces and time that you could have for your addiction.
- See a Therapist: Although it may be uncomfortable with some, consulting a therapist or counsellor can also aid in the healing process. Despite the fact that the results are frequently slow, it is still worth a try.
- Prayer: A word of prayer, if you are religious, might be beneficial. Making a confession to your God or creator, as well as resolving not to return to your former behavior, can also help.
- NEVER let a relapsed by the end of the journey: You should be aware that it is natural to return to your addiction on a particularly terrible day(s), but don’t let this deter you from totally resuming it. When you have a relapse, remind yourself of step 2 (the negative consequences), how far you’ve come, and that it’s not okay to stop now. Engage yourself more, pray more, and avoid situations, locations, friends, joints, clubs, or anything else that could trigger or resurrect your addiction.