4 Practical Tips to Overcome Addiction

Overcoming an addiction is not as easy as it seems to be. People at the beginning stage of addiction might think that addiction is a myth and they can control their urges at any time they want to. But they end up getting addicted to the substance they are consuming.

People experiencing SUD (substance use disorder), AUD (alcohol use disorder), and behavioral addiction must learn to get rid of their addiction. The path is quite challenging and they have to learn to deal with all the issues in the process of recovery.

Why is it tough to overcome an addiction?

Addiction is a treatable disease involving various factors such as the environment, genetics, and the life experiences of the person. People who get addicted to the consumption of substances are very well aware of their negative impact on their health but still choose to consume them. The more they consume the substances, the more the desire keeps on increasing.

The reward system of the brain gets changed with the increasing addiction. Therefore, it brings changes in the judgment and impulse control of the brain, which is why controlling becomes tough.

But that does not mean that it is not treatable. With the right support and treatment, mental and physical challenges can be overcome.

How to overcome addiction

Often in the early stage, the person is in the denial. They do not accept that there is any addiction but slowly they acknowledge their addiction and are convinced to get treated for getting rid of it. It all begins when they decide to take action.

Deciding to quit

Taking the decision is one of the hardest steps in the process of overcoming the addiction. If you decide to change, it means that you can acknowledge your addiction and want to live a life without being in control of your addiction.

The stage where you recognize that there is a problem but wait for yourself to change is referred to as the contemplation stage as it involves thinking and deciding to change.

You need to understand that everything takes time. So, it’s better to plan it wisely than go “cold turkey” and end up relapsing. The safe way is to go slow and be patient.

Be prepared

Deciding on quitting is one thing but getting your mind prepared is another. It involves eradicating everything related to addictive substances from your reach and the place where you live. It will save you from the triggers. Also, you will have to change your routine activities to curb your cravings and reduce contact with the people who might encourage you to consume drugs.

Another thing that you need to be prepared for is the approach you are using and the plan that you need to go through to get rid of your addiction.

Tips to overcome addiction

People with addictions have different experiences when they start quitting. For some, it might be difficult, painful, or frustrating, however, for some people it might be encouraging. But whatever emotion they go through, it takes many attempts to get rid of your habit.

Moreover, one must understand that going back is also equally tempting, in that case, they can seek the support of an NLP trainer and stop themselves to get back to their addictive behavior.

Expect changes in personal relations

You need to be prepared for the changes that might occur when you go through the process of quitting. There is the possibility that you misbehaved or hurt your close ones while you were too involved in your addictions. So, it will take time to get back on track with your old relationships and to rebuild the trust. But do not try to leave behind the people who were there for you when you needed help. When you get normal, you must try to repair the bond with the people who have loved you in your difficult times.

Replacement behaviors

When you are in the process of quitting, there might be some addictive behaviors that take place. The sensations and the feelings of the body make people behave differently. But one should avoid those behaviors and go for the healthy strategies that help you recover from the addictions in a better way.

Look for the distractions

Getting yourself busy with other things makes things easier when you are trying to quit your addiction. You can look for something that occupies your mind and take your mind off of the cravings. For instance, you can do gardening, talk to a friend, read a book, go for a walk, and do anything with mindfulness that keeps you happy. You need to indulge yourself in something that diverts your mind and helps keep you away from the addictive desires.

Treat underlying mental health issues

It is very common that substance use is the result of some underlying mental health issue. You must treat that issue before going through the process of quitting. People going through some trauma in life get addicted to drug use as it seems to be the easy escape from reality but they end up spoiling their life.

However, there is not a single approach for quitting or overcoming your addiction. You need to choose what fits you better and helps you live a normal life free from any addiction.

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Prabhleen Gupta (Author) - 4 Practical Tips to Overcome Addiction

About the Author

Prabhleen Gupta is a Life Coach, Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Trainer & Master Hypnotherapist who works with people from all walks of life and helps them deal with past traumas, insecurities, which in turn helps them to live their dream lives.