Steps to overcoming an addiction
Ways to overcome addiction
Are you interested in overcoming an addiction? Are you capable of treating addiction at home? In general, many addicts have a difficult time in dealing with life. Emotional pain in addiction recovery can be present. And the fears and anxieties of a newly sober person can drive them back to addictive behaviors.
Here are a few suggestions on how an addict can overcome fears, anxieties, and depression as a first step to overcoming an addiction. We invite your ideas, questions and feedback about how to let go of anger, fear and resentment at the end.
1. Beat stress
Sometimes we get stressed out when everything happens all at once. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get their mind off of the problem. A person could get some fresh air, listen to some music, or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things.
2. Distract yourself
Some addicts get depressed and have a difficult time getting out of bed in the mornings. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do to get their mind off of the problem. A person could take a walk, listen to some music, read the newspaper or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things. Doing something will get your mind off of the problem and give you confidence to do other things.
3. Visualize success
Sometimes, we can get depressed over a task that we will have to perform in the near future. When this happens, visualize yourself doing the task in your mind. For instance, you and your team have to play in the championship volleyball game in front of a large group of people in the next few days. Before the big day comes, imagine yourself playing the game in your mind. Imagine that your playing in front of a large audience. By playing the game in your mind, you will be better prepared to perform for real when the time comes. Self-Visualization is a great way to reduce the fear and stress of a coming situation.
4. Keep a journal
Another technique that is very helpful is to have a small notebook of positive statements that makes you feel good. Whenever you come across an affirmation that makes you feel good, write it down in a small notebook that you can carry around with you in your pocket. Whenever you feel depressed or frustrated, open up your small notebook and read those statements. This will help to manage your negative thinking.
5. Talk to a professional
Take advantage of the help that is available around you. If possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your depression and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice and insights on how to deal with your current problem. By talking to a professional, a person will be helping themselves in the long run because they will become better able to deal with their problems in the future.
Do you have ideas, suggestions or feedback on how to overcome an addiction? We will be happy to publish your thoughts in the comments section below.
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