“I felt like someone was holding onto me and dragging me up, down, everywhere. I was on a roller coaster out of control, heading towards crash after crash.” –Bohunk’s Redemption
Leaving an addiction can feel like an impossible task. However there are ways to make it easier, manageable, and even achievable. Here’s a few ways that can help:
1) Don’t look at who you are now, look at who you want to be.
Negative thoughts and guilt towards yourself are not helpful, especially since you’ve already decided you want to change. Instead, channel that energy into setting new short and long-term goals on helping yourself become free from the addiction.
2) Remove easy access to the addictive substance(s).
At some point, you will likely want to go back to your addiction, even when you know it isn’t in your best interest. If you have the ability to easily access the addictive substance, it will be even more difficult to resist the temptation. Make it difficult for yourself to go return to the addiction, so it will be easier to stay on the path of quitting.
3) The first step is usually the hardest.
Being aware and reminding yourself that it will get easier over time can be significant motivation when trying to navigate through the beginning.
4) Reach out for support.
You don’t have to go through this alone. The knowledge that other people care about you or know what you’re going through can help strengthen your resolve. There is no shame in seeking a support group, or opening up to a close family member or friend.
Above all else, keep trying, keep chasing your goal of sobriety. If you stay on your path, you will reach it!
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Please note: This blog post is to be used for inspirational use only, and not to be used as a substitute for medical advice. Quitting an addiction is fantastic, but it’s also important to know the safest methods for quitting your specific addiction, while minimizing any withdrawal effects.