Gaining Control Over Your Addictions
Keys to Control Over Your Addictions
There are seven major keys to gaining control over any addiction.
1. Recognize the addict voice.
When thoughts like "I need a..", "I'll die without a..", "I'm starving", or similar enter your head recognize the source, it is the addict voice.
Ask the voice queastions, "Do I really need a..?", "Will I really die without a..?","Am I truly starving?".
And, if you answer, YES, to any of these questions, "Tell the voice, tomorrow, wait until tomorrow." (If you are like the rest of us, you can procrastinate with the addict voice until you are truly at your death bed.)
2. Define what pleasures you associate with the addiction.
We all tend to do things that are pleasing to us. (Like eating chocolate, aah, the pleasure of chocolate.)
List all the pleasure you get from the addiction.
Now take that list and write the pain that will come from that addiction. (Example:"I feel relaxed when I smoke","I can't sleep through the night without having to get a smoke."
3. List Your Triggers and Prepare to Avoid Them
You know which situations, people, and feelings are likely to tempt you to smoke. Write each trigger down and three game plans 1) to overcome, 2) to avoid, and 3)remove the trigger. Be prepared to use these game plans to meet these triggers head on. :
4. Avoid replacing addictions.
It is important not to create a new addiction to overcome an old one. Eating is a easy replacement addiction for smoking. Knowledge of what foods can increase cravings for other addictions like alcohol and cigarettes can prevent this from happening.
Sugar, corn syrup, honey, alcohol, cheese, wheat, and yeast products all are examples of craving enhancers. They naturally increase appetite for food and can cause mood swings, and behavioral changes.
5. Use Future-Thoughts
Take your addiction into the future
Where will you be if you continue this addiction for the next ten years?
Be honest. If you are increasingly getting sore throat, and coughing, and your voice is becoming scratchy, ten years from now it won't be the same, nor will it be better.
List all those painful results of continuing this addiction for the next ten years.
Now start over. Say out loud, "I am breaking this addiction right now!"
Now take yourself ten years into the future. What has changed? What are the benefits of the decision to break this addiction ten years ago? Write them down in great detail.
Take them back to right now. And put them where you will see them everyday.
6. Use Peer-Pressure
Call 1-800-Quit Now or visit http://www.smokingstopshere.com
That is the same as 1-800-784-8669
7. Hold Yourself Accountable
Keep a journal. Write down your plan to break this addiction and record every morning your successes and failures. Explain why things worked, or why they didn't and what you can change to make it work better. Review your previous records. Do you notice any patterns? If you skipped a day or week, while you still can remember, write why you did not write in your journal. Did another addiction take the time? The same addicition? Was it guilt for not following through?