Because your life is full of choices you chose and decide but some of your choices may end up as habits in the near future, things you are addicted to. Habits, then addictions can follow the trait of the choice which they came through, and what you think about them― good or bad. If one of the choices you made is an now an addiction so bad to you and you want to quit this is, although not all of it, how to stop.
1. Stop defending or justifying your addiction, don’t hesitate to let loose, just stop!
Remember something is bad when you yourself consider it as bad. It sometimes happens that you know you are stuck into something ‘bad’ that you are not ready to let it go, but sometimes you have a feeling each time you exercise it that it must go.
An aspirin addict did amazing work. He asked someone to lock the door leading to an en-suite from the outside, him on the inside together with what was enough for his tummy in the next two months. Such is a rare breed of commitment, and the timing as well. He blew up two months of his once-in-five-years leave to let go of a pill high in caffeine.
2. Try to avoid the means that increased your in doing what you are addicted to, reduce the probability of getting exposed to such.
Is it gambling or betting that is your addiction to fight, and you think gambling is bad for you? Shutting contacts with those who make you gamble and being absent to such places that you are likely to do so is, although a weaker solution, a good choice.
If it’s avoiding adult content and the outcomes to come out of such, and you think it’s all good for you to avoid it, then keep potential places, where you do it, closer to likely preying eyes. Keep your door open, and try to feel that everyone is closely watching you. And go on to reduce the time of your stay in such places.
3. Try not to be a lone ranger.
Fighting addiction requires you to kick out of your life all people who are friendly to that addiction. Only after that, you can try to have some more friends to revel your weekends with, your good times with. People friendly to what you want to be without the addiction, and to you as well as a host to that addiction.
4. Find an advisor
This is essential. You need a second layer of people who can throw some good words to you and help you through it. People who can give you the right package of dos and don’ts specific to each addiction. The greatest, if not only, input, after all, is from you. You don’t change anything if you don’t put anything on ending a habit that you are a host to.
5. Immerse yourself into the do’s and don’ts and do what you must or don’t do what you must not.
Do exploit a chance when it comes, like severe illness when you are a smoker, and allow yourself to employ all mechanisms there can be to have yourself stop.
Digital detoxification: When I dropped out of college, someone posted on my timeline on Facebook that he was not welcoming the news of my departure. This so happened while I was trying to conceal my dropping out. And, so, to prevent this from happening in the future I deleted my Facebook account only to return back two years later intending to only advertise through it. A WhatsApp account in my name will never be active.
Don’t admire those who are better-off addicted. Don’t admire your wins possible through the addiction.
Do learn to pour more of your love on something like a pet in your backyard. Don’t think and believe that it’s too late.
Do, address it by attacking a hobby, or something that is not an addiction itself, but the addiction’s greatest accessory and enhancer. You can first let go of the alcohol, if you happen to take many cigarettes when drunk, and take them without much control. After dealing with beer and cigars, you can now get back to that sweating bottle in the chiller and soak your throat.
Don’t forget each day about your struggle. Don’t sleep. Be consistent. And…
6. Record your progress.
Keep your progress in a secret diary, noting the days you have managed to do well without and some of the changes/challenges you have faced. If you are now doing your smoking three times a day next month’s progress should be two.
Keep everything in your diary you can read over and over. It helps to keeps yourself much concerned about your problem. Rage, of intense desire to halt it, keeps flowing in your veins.
7. Keep yourself busy. Exhaust yourself through new hobbies. Be happy and satisfied.
Giving yourself some time to sweat helps in fighting one of the things that drive us into some behaviours, stress. Buying your happiness through any other means other than the substance is the cure. Forget to think about making yourself better in any other aspects of life. Be satisfied.
A busy day makes it impossible to squeeze some activities on its schedule. Try to make yourself so busy to chase your addiction away. If it is possible create a list of alternate goals to address when your daily goals are done.