How to Unleash the Chains of Addiction
Struggling with an addiction is hard. Not only do the constraints of an addiction have a grip on your life, they also has a stronghold on the others around you. Suffering from such a disease can leave you feeling isolated and alone. However, there are several options in place to help you kick your addiction for good. The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to leave your habits behind and turn over a new leaf. There is a process in line to help you overcome your addiction and as long as you stay determined, you can and will come out on top of this battle. Here are a few pointers to assist you in leaving your addiction and restraints in the past.
Face the problem
You cannot move forward if you don’t believe you have a problem. Think of your addiction as an onion —you have to peel back all the layers in order to expose the truth. More than likely, this wasn’t an issue that arose overnight, and over time, addiction has harmed your life and the life of those close to you. Acknowledging your problem takes courage and only then can you begin the process of healing. Admitting that you need help is saying, “Hey I know I have a problem, and now I am ready to fix it.” Stand firm in your truth and know that this is the first step in a journey that will change your life. Fear may arise, and that is perfectly normal, but on the other side of fear lies a great purpose for your life.
List the pros and cons of quitting
What type of freedom will quitting allow you? Will you have more time to rekindle your relationships with family and friends? Will it bring you peace of mind knowing you can leave such a destructive pattern behind you? Will you be able to start a career or perhaps go back to school? Do any of these choices outweigh what your addiction means to you? Use the answers you find as a guiding light in times of darkness. Overcoming addiction will indeed be one of the hardest things you have done in your life, but stay strong and remember why you decided to quit. Write down your list of pros and keep them near. Should you have a moment of weakness or temptation, reach for that list and allow the feeling of being able to move past this moment to overcome you.
Identify your support team
Addiction is a very lonely and isolating path, and in order to kick this behavior for good, a strong support system is needed. Your support team does not need to be huge in order to be effective, you just need one or two people available to reach out to when you need it the most. Your support team can include an encouraging family member or friend, or it can be a mentor who has been in your steps before and has successfully put their addiction behind them. It is important for this person or persons, to understand the battle you are facing and know their role in helping you come out of it. This person should be a positive reinforcer in your life and their only motive should be helping you succeed. Be sure to keep this person close and try not to shut them out on your way to recovery.
The start of a new year is always very promising as you basically receive a clean slate to begin living the life you imagine. Making the decision to end your habit of addiction is not only a great choice for you and your health, it is also one of the most selfless acts you can perform. Implement these steps on your journey and know that you are not alone. Overcoming addiction is a step in the right direction to living your best life.