Beat addiction tips
1. The support of family and friends
Recovering from addiction is the time when you realise who your friends really are, true friends will help you through this particularly hard time by being there for you. This is a time also when you should accept the help your family is willing to give instead of trying to push them away.
It is important that you be open and honest with them and lean on them when you need to and don’t be afraid to admit that you need help. This may be difficult at first as part of the addiction will probably have caused you to have become withdrawn from those you love.
2. Take part in support groups
Support groups can provide invaluable assistance when trying to beat addiction, groups will be able to provide helpful advice and you will be in the company of others who are in the same predicament as yourself so know what you are going through. Most support groups will meet once weekly and many local authorities run groups which can be found listed in the yellow pages or online.
3. Keep a journal of your efforts
Keeping a written account of your efforts will provide you with a great way to get your thoughts and feelings off your chest and will give you a way of keeping track of the progress you make. When times get hard a journal of your own thoughts and feelings and being able to look back and see how far you have come can make a big difference.
4. Keep yourself busy
One of the best ways to keep your mind off your addiction is to keep busy, take up a new hobby for the less spare time you have on your hands and the busier you are especially in the first 6 months the more likely the chances are that you will beat your addiction.
5. Take one day at a time
Don’t look too far into the future and worry if you can stay true to your convictions of kicking your addiction, just take each day as it comes and remember each day that passes is another step to becoming addiction free.
6. Seek counselling or medical help if needed
There is no rule that says you have to do this by yourself, some people have beat their addiction on their own while others need help. Professional counselling can be a great help when trying to quit any addiction, counselling can help you see why you became addicted in the first place and also help you to change aspects of your life that led to your addiction to make sure you stay free. If you are suffering from withdrawal symptoms then your Doctor may be able to help you to ease the suffering.
7. Remember that relapse doesn’t mean failure
Over half of all the people trying to beat addiction will have a relapse at some time or other, remember if you have a relapse that it doesn’t mean you have failed, all it means is that you have stumbled so pick yourself up and get right back where you were before the relapse.
8. Change your social circle
The chances are that you are mixing with people who have the same addiction which you are trying to beat now is the time to leave these people behind and start mixing with a new crowd.
9. Stay away from places that trigger your addiction
Try to avoid places and situations where your addiction could be triggered, for example if you are trying to give up smoking then avoid pubs and clubs where there will be a lot of smokers. If you continue to put yourself in situations which trigger your addiction you are only making things harder on yourself and eventually you could exhaust your will power and determination.
10. Recognising and dealing with your problem
Just by admitting you do have a problem you are taking a big step towards being free from your addiction, write down how you feel about your addiction in as much detail as you can and what it means to you to finally break free from it.