Steps to overcoming an addiction

Overcoming an addiction requires that you deal with life. Five (5) steps to overcoming an addiction by dealing with the psycho-emotional problems that compel addictive behaviors here.

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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.

Overcoming addiction

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.

About the author
Stan Popovich is the author of "A Layman's Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods" - an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to:


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  2. These steps in overcoming addiction have got to be the most “so far from what a person is experiencing” un-useful tips I have ever read. What you are not understanding here is this, :

    1. No matter what you tell yourself as far as “doing something” or “thinking about something” — your body does not have the energy or motivation to do it.

    2. Your mind has “NO” motivation for the easiest of tasks……ie: doing dishes, going somewhere, answering phone…….all these require little physical effort – but it is the mental effort that makes them feel impossible or “I don’t have any motivation to do that feeling”

    3. What a person derives from doing this drug is not a “high” – rather, the drug provides the “motivation” of accomplishing tasks that one normally has lack of ” motivation” to do. It also opens up your “creative” portion of your mind. You accomplish more physical tasks than you could do when not taking it.

    4. If there was something that a person could take that stimulated the portion of your brain that provides “motivation” this drug would not be abused.

  3. The most important damage caused by prolonged use of drugs is malfunction of two vital systems, the analgesic and Opioid production systems inside the human body.

    According to the research done on hundreds of members of congress60 in a six year period, we have concluded that a period of eleven months is needed for the restoration of these systems; anything less than this would not be sufficient.

    How one goes through these eleven months is important.

    If an addict stops taking drugs suddenly, he will face numerous difficulties and malfunctions afterwards. We compare this process to a free fall which would last up to eleven months.

    There is also the possibility that some of these symptoms would last for a lifetime and could be so severe that most addicts relapse.

    If the patient decides to take medications to rectify these symptoms, new side effects might be added on top of the old ones.

    One of the most popular drugs used in Iran is Opium which contains 25 alkaloids such as Morphine, Codeine, Narceine, Narcotine, Cotamine, and Papaverin…

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