How To Overcome An Addiction ...Starting Now

Having fresh and recent personal experience trying to help someone very important to me overcome an addiction, I wanted to start this thread.

My goal is to present practical choices and solutions to addicts or to someone attempting to help an addict.

I'll tell you this: it's hard, frustrating, and downright maddening.

The one essential piece to the puzzle is this: the addict ABSOLUTELY MUST be motivated to want to stop and be ready to stop.

Without this, it's entirely a futile effort.

Let me say this again. The addict must absolutely, positively want to stop! Otherwise, there is nothing you can do.

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PS: Overcoming an addiction is forever, meaning, overcoming it will require consistent effort every day for the rest of your life.

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  • Be patient and persevere.

    Patience and perseverance will help carry you through the long journey to recovery. It takes time to overcome an addiction, but it can be done.

    • Take things one day at a time and fully believe that things will get better.

    • Keep your end goal in mind and persist in your efforts to get there.

    • If you can’t take it one day at a time, then begin with one hour at a time. Hours will become days, days will become weeks, and before you know it, you've accomplished A LOT.
    • Don’t quit when you make a mistake.

      You may stumble from time to time, but this doesn’t mean you should throw up your hands and quit. Remember it’s a step in the process, and if you fall, you need to get up and keep on going.

      Never give up!

      • Commit yourself to change.

        First of all, if you’re tired of living the erratic life of an addict, make a commitment to yourself to change your life. Yes, it’s a difficult road, but you are worth the effort! You deserve to have a better life.

        • Look at all the benefits of beating the addiction to see clearly how much better your life will be without it. Write these benefits down on paper.

        • Choose the better life! Commit to making this positive change. Make a solemn contract with yourself to do everything in your power to overcome your addiction.

        • Designate your life as your top priority.
        • Have faith.

          In order to overcome addiction, the first thing you need is faith. Faith has been described as the “hope of things unseen.” This means you should have hope for tomorrow, recovery, and success.

          • Hope can bring you through challenging times and allow you to see that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
          • Believe in a greater power. Having faith can also mean believing in something bigger than you, like God. If you have nothing to believe in, it may prove quite difficult to win the war against your addiction.
          • It’s never too late to reconnect with your faith.
          • Develop a courageous attitude.

            Courage will help you face your addiction and then battle it through, regardless of what that addiction is. Your sense of courage is stronger than you probably know! Look deep within yourself to find it and bring it out.

            Draw on your inner strength.

            Like courage, we all have an inner strength that makes us stronger than we realize. When you draw on your inner strength you have greater power to face challenges and overcome them.

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