As noted here on Hive Health Media before, there are some great ways of beating that one addiction that so many people struggle withâ€”smoking. At the same time, there are millions more addictions out there, like alcohol, food, exercise, work, pornography, drugs, and more. Nearly anything, whether good or bad, if taken to an extreme, can turn into an addiction. The thing about addictions is that they all share very similar qualities, so beating these addictions can be accomplished using similar strategies.
Here are a few ideas:
1.Â Truly Commit to Quitting Your Addiction
This is always the first step in quitting any addiction. You won’t quit for other people, and you won’t quit unless you really and truly want to. The best way to assess your commitment to quitting is to make a list of reasons for why you want to quit. If you can come up with several very easily, then it’s apparent that you understand the reasons for quitting and feel sure that it’s the right thing to do.
2.Â Set Specific Goals
While some people can quit cold turkeyâ€”it’s certainly not unheard ofâ€”the more effective way of quitting an addiction is to set specific, realistic goals, and hit these goals over a longer period of time. For example, if you want to give up, say, overeating, begin by having one less snack a day, instead of cutting out snacks altogether. Slowly work your way down until you’ve achieved a level healthy level of food consumption that you are happy with.
3.Â Enlist the Support of Friends and Family
Whenever you are trying to accomplish any challenging goal, it always helps tremendously if you have people on your side that’ll help you through the tough times. This is especially true of quitting addictions, when it’s so easy to slip back into old habits after having accomplished so much. When you’ve seriously committed to quitting your addiction, tell friends and family that you’ll need as much support as they can offer. Avoid friends who belittle your efforts or share your same addiction and have no desire to quit or at least help you quit.
4.Â Seek Professional Medical Help
Many addictions have both a physical and psychological component, and often both of these components need to be addressed by medical professionals. If there are serious withdrawals that result from quitting a substance, talk to your doctor about medications that may be able to help. It’s also important to consider seeing a therapist that can help you overcome psychological blocks. Remember that addictions are often genetic and are accompanied by a host of mental health issues that you may not even be aware of.
Quitting a serious addiction will never be easy. But if you help yourself by reaching out to others and really setting your mind on quitting, you can be addiction-free in the very near future. Good luck!!
This guest post is contributed byÂ Angelita Williams, who writes on the topics ofÂ online courses.Â She welcomes your comments at her email Id:Â angelita.williams7 @gmail.com.