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4 Tips for Quitting any Addiction

As noted here on Hive Health Media before, there are some great ways of beating that one addiction that so many people struggle with—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.  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.  Set Specific Goals

While some people can quit cold turkey—it’s certainly not unheard of—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.  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. 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!!

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This guest post is contributed by Angelita Williams, who writes on the topics of online courses.  She welcomes your comments at her email Id: angelita.williams7 @gmail.com.

This guest post is contributed by Angelita Williams, who writes on the topics of online courses: www.onlinecollegecourses.com. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: angelita.williams7 @gmail.com.

1 Comment

  1. JohnRPolito

    March 24, 2012 at 6:23 am

    As for recommendation #1 and #2, with chemical dependency, at least nicotine dependency, the core goal must be to end all use of the drug, combined with a commitment to keep it out of our bloodstream.   The Law of Addiction teaches us the most critical recovery lesson of all, that lapse equals relapse, that one equals all, that in the case of smoking, that one puff will always be too many, while thousands never enough.  In fact, brain scans show that just one puff and up to half of a4b2-type brain dopamine pathway receptors become occupied by nicotine.  While most walk away from trying to cheat when quitting feeling like they’ve gotten away with it, it won’t be long before their brain begins wanting or even begging for more.  It isn’t about strength or a lack of willpower but about the the purpose, design and function of our dopamine pathway circuitry, to make events which activate it almost impossible, in the short term, to forget or ignore.
     
    Nicotine dependency is a brain wanting disorder which takes our dopamine pathways (the minds survival instinct priorities teacher) hostage.  It soon leaves the new addict convinced that smoking nicotine is as important as eating food.  Food craves, nicotine craves, with either eating more food or smoking more nicotine producing an “aaah” wanting relief sensation.  A never ending cycle of  wanting/urge/crave > nicotine replenishment >  “aaah” wanting relief, welcome to the addict’s world of nicotine normal.
     
    It’s not that the smoker cannot hear the world screaming the insanity of their senseless self-destruction. It’s not that they can’t hear loved ones begging them to stop.  It’s that every hour of every day hijacked brain circuitry begs and screams even louder the importance of that next fix.  The good news is that nicotine addiction is about living a lie.  Without food we die, without nicotine we thrive.  Contrary to the false message pounding away inside your  enslaved mind, everything done while under nicotine’s influence can be done as well or better without it.  Picture a temporary journey of re-adjustment which leads to the onset of entire days where you never once think about wanting to smoke nicotine.  After the first such day, picture them becoming more and more common until becoming your new sense of normal.   Why fear coming home!  Baby steps, just one hour, challenge and day at a time.  Yes you can!!!   Just one rule … none today!!!
     
    John R. Polito -  Nicotine Cessation Educator

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