As you will find out from reading this article, I have a bit of a different take on addiction and overcoming addiction. Before you begin to think that I'm full of crap, let me qualify myself by letting you know for the better part of fifteen years I drank an average of twelve beers a day and choked down at least a pack of cigarettes a day. If I was not addicted to both practices, then I sure did like them a lot. About a year ago, I walked away from both practices forever without the aide of pills, patches, meeting, or anything outside of myself. Through doing this I realized some things that I hope to convey in this article. With any luck the things I learned may help you in some way do what I did, because I know that if I did it, anyone can do it.
The biggest thing I learned is that overcoming these addictions is more about what you think than what you do. The first thing that you have to do is believe that you can do it, because of course you can. You must also believe that it will not be that difficult, because the more difficult you think it will be, the more difficult it will actually be. I actually began telling myself that quitting smoking and drinking was not going to be that difficult while I still engaged in both practices. Fort example, while I was smoking a cigarette I would look at it and say to myself, "I've got this." Stopping smoking is all mental. " And do you know what? It turned out that I was right! It was all mental.
I've heard addiction described as; never getting enough of what you do not want in the first place . This is exactly what drinking and smoking were to me. When I really thought about it and was honest, I did not want to be doing either practice. I di9dn't like getting up with a hangover so much that it became "normal". And I hated the fact that I smelled like an ashtray and could not run more than 50 yards without being completely winded. Yet I continued to do both things everyday. That's why that definition makes so much sense to me. It appeared as if I never got enough of what I did not want in the first place.
The bottom line is that if you want to overcome an addiction, just do it. Any difficulty that you have will be directly proportionate to what you believe , it's as simple as that. If you buy into all of the crap out there telling you how difficult it will be, that's exactly what you'll experience will be. If, on the other hand, you choose not to buy into the BS, you and your addiction can part company forever. I know this to be true from experience, and from experience I can tell you that living without the help of these foreign substitutes is so much better and more fulfilling that it can not be described in words. It's one of those things that has to be experienced.