An addiction can completely rule a life until it is broken. Not only does it affect the life of the person who is addicted, but those who are around him or her.
It is a noble and important task to break an addiction so that your life can be free from anything ruling it and from hurting others. No matter what your addiction is, there are several things you can keep in mind in order to break your habit.
The first thing you need to do is decide to break the habit. When you make this resolution, you need to fully define why you have made this resolution and why you need to break the habit.
You can come to the answer to these questions through asking yourself why you do the thing you are doing. It could be that you are simply addicted now and that it has no pleasure.
It could be that it provides relief from another problem. It could be a variety of different reasons or a combination of them.
If you cannot answer why you do what you do, you will not be able to fix the problem that makes you turn to your addiction. It will be difficult for you to admit you have a problem or an addiction, but you cannot change your life if you do not full recognize that it is a problem.
You do everything you do for a reason. When you know what the reason is that you did your addiction in the first place, you can remedy that reason and begin your journey well on your way to breaking the habit.
As mentioned before, it will be difficult to admit what you are doing is wrong or that it is a problem. However, you must overcome this denial if you are going to have any success.
Instead of feeding your denial, think rationally about your problem. You must understand on a rational level that what you are doing is unhealthy and that you keep doing it anyway.
Many times an addiction serves to remedy depression, anxiety, or pain. If this is the case, you are going to need to get professional and healthy help for these things so you can quit your addiction.
You will also need to realize that you may need the help of others to break the habit. Work to get to the point where you can accept this help without feeling like it is demeaning to you.
It is not demeaning, but it means you are changing and ready to enjoy a better life. Many people will be willing to help you achieve a better life.
Another thing you will need to realize is that a bad habit that is removed will leave a void. If that void is not filled with a good habit, it will get filled with a bad one or the old habit may come back.
Right now, your addiction provides you with some kind of reward for doing it and that is why it is so hard to break away from it. Your new habit also needs to provide you with a reward if it is going to be successful in replacing the old, bad habit.
Some people find that breathing exercises and relaxation techniques are good habits that they can replace their addiction with. There are many ways you can reduce stress and anxiety in good positive ways.
It is also a good idea to realize that certain moods, times of the day and places are danger zones in which you will be strongly tempted to turn back to your old habit. When you are entering these danger zones, involve yourself in an activity that will not allow you participate in your addiction.
It is likely that you will have an impulse to do something for several seconds, but if you get through that time you will not feel the urge anymore. Many people think breaking a habit is more difficult than it is because they think that they will have to fight the urge to do it all day long.
This is not true. The urges to participate in your addiction will come and go and they do not last very long unless you dwell on them.
For example, if you normally have a drink after dinner, decide you are going to go do something very relaxing instead. At first you will miss your drink, but the feeling will go away fairly quickly if you are careful not to think about it.