At least 1 out of 8 Americans are addicted to something. The 10 most common addictions are alcohol, tobacco, drugs, gambling, shopping, sex, food, video games, the internet and work.
Effective techniques aim to replace destructive habits with positive ones. If you are ready to begin this process, here are five things you can do:
1. Simplify Your Goals. If you try to change your entire life in one day, you’re going to have a hard time. Instead, choose one goal and focus on it. This way, your chances of achieving your goal increase drastically.
2. Make A Daily Change. By reminding yourself of the importance of your new goal every day, and what is at stake, it will remain important enough to sustain long term change.
3. Set Reminders. Create reminders of your goal everywhere necessary. Write it on your fridge, your bathroom mirror, create an alert in your phone, or tell a friend. Remind yourself WHY you are pursuing your new goal as often as you can.
4. Create A Trigger. This is some sort of ritual you perform right before you act out the new habit you are trying to perform. If you are trying to quit smoking, this could be something as simple as doing push ups or drinking a glass of water every time you fight the urge to smoke a cigarette.
5. Get Rid Of Temptation. Rid your life of anything that will tempt you to break your goal. Remove drugs or alcohol from the home if you are trying to quit these substances.
No matter how far into addiction you or your loved one may be, breaking addictions, healing, and forming healthy habits is always within your reach.