12 Ways to Beat Addiction

Posted on :  April 9th, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Beating addiction requires a number of qualities, among them dedication, companionship, and stamina – but ultimately, a strong will and desire to do it is the first and most powerful step.

Everyone in the process of beating addiction will be different, and have their own ways of coping, and need support in various ways, but here are 12 ways to beat addiction and not let it back into your life.

#1 – Don’t do it alone

Don’t underestimate the power of strength in numbers.

Sometimes you need someone to keep you on the wagon; sometimes you need someone to lend an ear; and sometimes you need someone to simply understand.

Hardwire the numbers of these people in your brain, and remind yourself every day that they’re there and that things will improve.

#2 – Read

Carefully placed pamphlets, books and other distracting reading materials near spots with negative associations can keep you strong when you’re feeling tempted.

#3 – Create a boss

People often perform better relative to their goals when they have someone to answer to.

#4 – Anticipate temptation

Think about your old habits – when were you most tempted to give in to addiction? Try to switch up your old habits, and if you have to go into them, go in prepared.

#5 – Create distractions

Quick fire hobbies can be a great way to take your mind off the temptation to give in.

Crossword puzzles, a smartphone game, anything, so long as it can be picked up immediately until the desire fades, can be used to cool yourself down.

#6 – Exercise

Exercise fuels the pleasure centers in the brain, much like addiction can.

By replacing your addiction with exercise, you’ll be improving your mood, and your reward centers will feel fulfilled. Win-win.

#7 – Take up something new

Beating addiction signals a real change in your life, and a great way to facilitate this change is by starting a new project.

#8 – Keep a journal

Writing is a therapeutic exercise in and of itself, but doing so in a way that forces you to reflect on your feelings and patterns of behaviour will give you remarkable insight into the way you rationalize certain habits.

#9 – Help others

Just as you need support, others do too. Helping others in similar positions to yourself can offer a great means of support for you, as unintuitive as it may sound.

#10 – Carry a totem

Something simple and comforting can offer a great optimistic reminder. Make it something you can carry around with you at all times as a symbol of your journey.

#11 – Be honest with yourself

You have to want to beat addiction in order to beat it, so reflect regularly on your commitment, and you may find that your own reflections are the catalyst that spur you onward.

#12 – Be kind to yourself

As long as you’re not going backwards, you are getting somewhere.

Beating addiction is a lengthy process, so if you feel like you need some help in the Hamilton area, then contact Towards Recovery on 519-579-0589.

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