Struggling with addiction? Here’s how to quit

Often it starts as something to calm the nerves, and before you know it, you are a repeat offender of what society deems undesirable.

Most people never expect to grapple with addiction when they start.

Recognizing that you have an addiction affecting your life is a vital step in conjuring the vice. But unfortunately, many don’t acknowledge it until they are knee-deep in a salty pickle.

At the time when life seems to be falling apart is when many addicts decipher the elephant in the room. In an attempt to do better and take back control of their body, health, and well-being, many addicts begin to take steps towards recovery.

Altering what has now become routine can be very difficult, and many people who face addiction are surprised by how difficult quitting can be. Recognition of the problem is the first step to quitting.

Addictions include substance abuse, masturbation, sex addiction, porn addiction, gambling, video games, internet and social media, and food.

However, recovery from addiction can be a daunting task that will have you relapse time and again, but determination is what keeps you on the recovery path.

Why is Quitting So Difficult

American Society of Addiction Medicine writes that addiction is “a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences.”

Addiction affects your brain’s reward system, altering your impulse control and judgment.

That is why you want to stop, but instead, the desire to continue engaging with harmful behaviors only increases. The changes in your brain are what makes quitting so difficult.

The good news is that you can quit with the proper planning, support system, and treatment. However, every complexity that comes with trying to stop is essential in the final stage of quitting and therefore, you should be encouraged.

So many people often resort to finding treatment plans that help them overcome the physical and mental approaches difficulties that come with the process of recovery.

How to Overcome an Addiction

Changing any aspect of your life often starts with pre-contemplation, moves to contemplation, and finally, the decision to effect change.

Overcoming addiction requires you to make a conscious decision to quit. During this time, you might face feelings of denial about the effects of the habit on your well-being.

As you become conscious of the challenges of your addiction, you realize the need for change.

Then you choose to change, begin the process of planning how to quit, deal with the after-effects of withdrawal, and how to avoid relapse.

Here are some tips on how to overcome an addiction.

Think About Quitting

Thinking about quitting is what professionals call the contemplation stage. Before quitting, you must come to terms with the habit’s negative stain on your personality.

How is it affecting your body, work, family, and friendships? After assessing the damage, consider what you will have to do to give up the addiction.

You will have to change your usual hangouts, say no to invites to some parties like drink-ups, and even cut friends who trigger the addiction.

Note down the triggers of your bad habits and find out why they cause such an urge. Finding the deep root cause of the problem is an excellent step to finally calling it quits.

Decide to Quit

After assessing the damage and considering your options, make the conscious decision to quit.

Acknowledging the need for change means that you have identified a problem and want to address it. Choosing change often takes a while, but it is essential to overcoming addiction.

Set small steps to help you on your road to recovery and start there. It is better to set manageable goals than to set ambitious goals that will only lead to quitting midway.

Change Your Environment

Get rid of any reminders of your addiction from the spaces surrounding you. Look for anything in your home that could trigger the addiction or craving and get rid of it.

Change places you have been frequenting and update your routine with other activities to cover the time you have been offering the bad habit.

You want to make sure that the people around you understand the new changes in your life and respect them. Therefore, distance yourself from those who do not respect your decision.

Get a Support system

First, there are so many people grappling with the same bad habit. Make an effort to talk to people with a similar predicament and talk about ways to beat the addiction.

Having people who know about your struggles and are there for you can help you feel encouraged on your journey.

Distract Yourself

Choosing to quit leaves a lot of the time once allocated to your addiction unaccounted. The best way to do this is to develop alternate activities to fill up your free time.

Forging a new association in your brain is a known remedy to beating addictions. Taking a walk, yoga or reading a book will keep you occupied until the urge to relapse passes.

Be prepared to encounter triggers as you attempt to forge a new association, and in some addictions, it is almost unbearable. However, constantly training your mind not to have its way will help you win the battle.

Seek Professional Assistance

You may need to see a doctor, addiction counselor, or psychologist. They will help you achieve your goals for recovery.

There is no doubt that the path to recovery is the hardest, but having the motivation to be a better person will help you on your way.

Now you are ready to start your journey into this significant undertaking. Visit our blog to see more adventures you must experience.