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Whatever you're addicted to -- drugs, booze, porn, gambling, love, food, shopping -- this Howcast video series will shed light on your problem.
You Will Need
- Fellows in recovery
- Physical activity
- Replacement activity
Bond in recovery
Bond and interact with others in recovery. Join a peer support group or find friends who are doing something about their addictions so that you don’t feel alone.
Avoid places where you are likely to come across your vice. Stay away from people and places where you will be reminded of it.
Give yourself rest, relaxation, respect, and stability in every aspect of your life. For self-esteem, start by eating well, exercising, and pacing yourself.
Push yourself to conquer distraction, laziness, and inaction. Attend talks, read books for inspiration, and stay physically active to get reconnected with the world.
Examine your thought patterns
Examine the thought patterns that lead to your addiction, and the denials you attempt. Identify your triggers and eliminate them.
Treat this like any sickness
Treat withdrawal as you would any sickness and stick it out. You are getting your health and life back and you need to toughen up.
Replace the addiction
Find something that gives you more pleasure than the addiction. Build a discipline and gratitude around that activity.