How to Get Over An Addiction
Addiction is a complex state. It is a brain disease that is indicated by uncontrollable substance use regardless of the damaging effect it may cause. Individuals with the acute substance use disorder have an extreme center of attention on using a conclusive substance(s) to the extent that it takes over their life.
Persons with a substance use disorder have twisted thoughts, conduct, and body malfunction. Changes in the brain’s functions are what making people have a strong longing for the drug and making it hard for them to stop using the substance(s). In the course of time, people with addiction develops a tolerance as they need larger amounts to feel the “high”, euphoria, and satisfaction. (1)
List of Some Common Addictions
Some sort of addiction is identified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) while others are more delicate and have been identified by some addiction professionals. Addiction is both psychological and behavioral which are distinguished by strong desires, compulsion, inability to stop and lifestyle dysfunction. Here are the lists of some addiction to name you a few. (2)
- Substances Addiction
- Opioids such as heroin
- Prescription drugs (like sedatives, hypnotics, sleeping pills, and tranquilizers)
- Phencyclidine AKA Angel Dust
- Impulsive Disorders Addiction
- Intermittent explosive disorder (compulsive aggression and assaulting acts)
- Kleptomania (compulsive stealing)
- Pyromania (compulsive starting of fires)
- Behavioral Addiction
- Video Games
- Pain Seeking
What’s your addiction? Whatever addiction you are dealing with in your life right now, confessing that you have a dilemma is always the first step to prevailing over it. It’s not going to be easy but it can be overcome. All you have to do is make time in straightening out your plan for quitting, ask for help, and prepare yourself for whatever drawbacks that you will surely experience along the way.
Steps on How to Quit your Addiction
1. Decide to Quit
Writing down the harmful effects of your addiction and seeing the list on the paper will help you resolve to stop. Write down all the negative effects that you have experienced since your addiction started.
Think about how your addiction has affected your physical health, maybe you are experiencing a health risk right now due to your addiction. Also, make a list of how this addiction has hurt you not just physically but also mentally. Think about how this addiction affected your relationship with your family and your friends. How many ruined relationship does it caused you? List the amount of money you have spent feeding your addiction? Does it take a big financial toll on you or are you experiencing big debts right now? Determine whether your addiction has affected your job. Did you got fired? Think about such things.
Aside from writing down the negative effects on how these addictions affected you, also, make a list as well of the positive changes that you want in your life. Imagine your life after you have overcome this addiction and how this decision will turn your life around.
Lastly, write down your quitting commitments. Have a list of concrete reasons why you want to stop and stick on those reasons as you plan your life ahead. Your reasons for quitting must be more important to you than continuing your addictive behavior. Whether you’re quitting for your wife and children or because you want to live your life longer. Make sure these reasons will motivate you to quit permanently.
2. Seek support
You’ll be needing all the support and motivation to get through this battle. Seeking professional help and support from your loved ones could be one of your powerful weapon in overcoming addiction. There are plenty of professional institution who can help you get through with this who can serve as your support system who will be helping you to stay motivated, providing you with tips for success and encouraging you to try again if you’re finding it hard to succeed.
Make an appointment with a therapist who is an expert in addiction too. You have to find which therapy best fits you whether it is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, gestalt techniques and life skills training. A therapeutic environment guarantees that you will have solitude and the attention will be based on your specific needs and goals.
Look for support from your closest loved ones and friends as well. Let them know how much this means to you and how much you really want to change to get better. Ask them to keep reminding you of your goals and keep you motivated until you succeed with your addiction battle.
3. Know your triggers
This is some sort of habit you execute right before you act out the new habit you’re trying to perform. If you’re trying to quit smoking, this could be something as simple as chewing gum or drinking a glass of water every time you fight the urge to smoke a cigarette. If you’re addicted to gambling, passing a casino on the way home might make you feel pressured to quit.
Also, know what’s stressing you out. Oftentimes, stress triggers addiction. Furthermore, situations and peer pressure can also trigger so make sure that you stay away from what can trigger your addiction.
Get your environment ready too. Remove whatever reminds you of your addiction. Get rid of all the objects that go along with it, as well as other items that remind you of your addiction.
4. Handling your withdrawals
Keep yourself busy. If you need distractions, take up new but interesting hobbies like exercising, learning new skills and hanging out with friends who will be a good influence on you. Positive social interactions can revitalize the release of neurochemicals which induce feelings of pleasure and contentment without the need for drugs or other addictive substances.
The physical and mental pain of addiction withdrawal is existing. Don’t listen to the evil voice that is telling you to start back up and don’t give up on yourself even when it feels hard. Every bit of pain will be worth it in the end.
Don’t let relapse be the end of your fight. Everyone fails from time to time but it doesn’t mean that you should give in and return to your addictive habits. If you have a slip-up, go back to what took place and rule what changes you can make if it occurs again, then get back on your feet and start all over again.
In the end, celebrate your triumph. After meeting your objectives, reward yourself by doing things that make you feel good but distract you from your addiction.Knocking down an addiction is incredibly hard work, and you deserve to be rewarded. Live a long satisfying life! (3)