Anthony Ekanem

Overcoming Addictions

When you are suffering from an addiction, it can feel like your entire life is out of control and you have no power to stop yourself from using again and again. When you are addicted to something, it can also feel like you're completely alone and have nowhere to turn. These are all common mindsets for someone who has an addiction to any substance, whether that is food, cigarettes or other tobacco products, alcohol, prescription or illegal drugs and even sex. But neither are you alone in your addiction nor do you have to be a slave to addiction for the rest of your life. That's exactly why this book exists. It is very easy to feel like you are the only one who is experiencing your particular addiction — or the level of addiction you're experiencing — but the truth is, there are millions of others who experience exactly the same things that you do.
That's because addiction affects more than 10% of the United States population. That means if you were to get on a typical city bus there are probably two or three people on that bus — besides you — that are suffering from some kind of addiction. Don't fool yourself either; having a food addiction or being unable to quit drinking alcohol is the same as an addiction to a drug or any other substance. Addiction is addiction, no matter what the substances.
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  • Дмитрий Ивановhas quoted3 years ago
    That’s why you are giving yourself plenty of time to quit so that you can figure out what your triggers are long before the time comes when you actually are going to have to start overcoming them to beat your addiction.
  • Дмитрий Ивановhas quoted3 years ago
    if your birthday is coming up next month, that would be a perfect time to quit. Picking an arbitrary time to quit doesn’t signify that you’re actually committed. If you choose the day that means something, it is going to be harder to justify starting again with the idea of setting a new date in the future.
  • Дмитрий Ивановhas quoted3 years ago
    Your next task is going to be to sit down and identify your triggers. You need to know what situations, people or things are going to make you want to use your particular substance of choice again
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