How to Deal With Addiction


Are you addicted to something? Anything? Do you need to break the addiction, but feel hopeless?

Part 1

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Food? A bad habit? Whatever it is, make sure you realize it's an addiction, not just something you really like.[1]

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small steps or quit completely- cold turkey.[2]

Part 2
Gradual Steps

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This works better for most people. Taking tiny, gradual steps toward your goal makes it easier to reach it. For the addiction, we'll use smoking as our example.

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Take away one cigarette from that pack each day and throw it away. So one day you smoke 20, and the next 19, and so on. Once you get down to half the amount of smoking, or whatever it is, than you had before, you're ready for the next step.[3]

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Alright, so keep doing half those cigarettes as you had before, or that one glass of wine a day as opposed to two. And get a family member or close friend to make sure you don't cheat and do more. Because after all, you're only cheating yourself. But you may still need some help. Get them to encourage you![4]

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Many people do this for cursing. Every time you smoke one more than you should (or cheat) you have to put a quarter or a dollar in the coin jar. When it fills up (which it shouldn't) donate the money to charity and start again. No one likes to lose money, right? So it'll break that habit.[5]

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Just one cigarette wouldn't hurt, right? Wrong. You know you want it, but you shouldn't have it. No, it's not right to cheat at any time. Be strict with yourself. Just stop buying it,and make sure that person is still helping you.[6]

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Make a list of all the reasons why you shouldn't do or eat that addiction, and post it by your bedside, or in your wallet, or just somewhere you'd see it daily. That'll remind you.

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Or down, as the case may be. Smoke (or curse or drink or Tweet or whatever) less and less each day. Set yourself a goal every week. If you can't reach it, put more money in that jar. Have friends and family encourage you. Look at that list. You can do it!

Part 3
Cold Turkey

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Throw all your cigarettes...or beer, or whatever away. Yes, wasting money, but then there's no way you could be cheating. Just throw it away. Don't buy more. Resist completely. Don't look back. Have someone else do it if you have to.[7]

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Join a club. Go to school. Get a job. Do something! Anything to take your mind off of it, and eventually you'll forget about it altogether.[8]

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Don't let them catch you sneaking a smoke or a Twitter update every now and then. Set yourself a punishment for when you do. Don't make a goal- you know what your goal is- to defeat your addiction. The question is, can you do it?[9]

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It may be hard, even painful at times, but keep reminding yourself why you're doing this. You can get through!