“Recovery is an acceptance that your life is in shambles and you have to change.” unknown
The journey to giving up a habit is never an easy one. Habits are easy to form and one of the toughest things to break away from once we’ve become adapted to them. This is especially true for habits gradually formed over years and years of practice such as alcohol or drug.
Since addiction takes place over the years, it rewires the brain in numerous ways to become dependent on the substance. This dependence could only be broken by putting in the same amount of time as the one for forming the habit.
Of course, that doesn’t mean if you’ve been addicted for 10 years, you’ll need equally 10 years to break from it. Breaking from addiction is never a day’s job nor one we can give specific times for. However, breaking from a habit requires time. Time to heal biologically, time to heal socially and time to gather enough momentum to be able to resist the urges or temptation of going back to the habit again. The time to build up sufficient momentum to resist temptation and urges is often the most critical stages, one that determines if you’ll relapse and remain in your addiction for life or soar above it and become a completely different and better person. Sadly, time for recovery is a never-ending battle and most addicts may have to fight the battle of temptation and urges for the rest of their lives.
Seeing this is a rather long journey, you’ll need more than ‘give up’ the habit. You’ll need a good motivation to stop, to keep you from ever going back either when tempted or when the urge comes on really strong. Below we’ve provided you with some of the best and practical motivation to stop when the urges come on suddenly and really hard.
Set Your Inner Clockwork Right
The truth is, if you are planning on giving up a habit, or have been motivated to do so or already in recovery, you probably have realized the damaging effects of the habit on yourself, friends and family or business. However, the reality in itself doesn’t make the process easier. We humans are creatures of habit and our biology is such that it can become dependent on substances even when it is being harmed. As such danger is and will never be a good motivation to stop an addiction.
Lots of people have been motivated either by fear, family or friends to give up their addictions but sooner rather than later soon return back to their habits. Some secretly. If you have been motivated to stop a habit, you’ll find the journey most often growing tougher and tougher by the passing of each day.
As such only an excellent inner acceptance that your life is passing by will provide the required willpower to recover completely.
Recovery is an acceptance that your life is in shambles and you need to change. Once you accept this, really see your life is in shambles, you’ll be motivated to stop and ready to reassemble your life once again.
This inner clockwork is very important and should be the first area you should work on once you’ve given up an addiction.
Create That Important External Motivation
The motivation to stop an addiction should definitely come from within. However, sometimes external motivation is equally effective and as such a great way to find one you can hold on to.
External motivations are the reasons why you need to give up your addiction. These reasons may be because your friends, family, boss or religion/spirituality said so because you feel they do not like that part of your life.
The family provides a good motivation when it comes to stopping an addiction. Addiction affects not only your health, but it also tends to spread its effects on to your friends and family even if they are not abusing the substances with you.
Alcoholics have been known to be very abusive to their families. Children growing up in such families tend to come out distorted emotionally and may become withdrawn socially and often cold.
It may be love for your kids, wife or Higher Power but in the mind find somebody or something worthwhile which you’ll be willing to give up your addiction for.
Loss of Something
How about losing something valuable each time you relapse? I bet you’ll have to think and rethink again before relapsing.
Losing something as valuable such as friends, family, housing, jobs I can go on and on, might provide good motivation to stop when reaching for that substance.
Are you ashamed of your habit and want to break away from it forever? A good motivation to stop is being accountable to someone or something that especially holds you in high regards.
There are many things and people to keep you accountable to help you such as support groups and even internet meetings whose members meet regularly to discuss the struggles and successes that help keep them from relapsing.
Recovery is a lifelong battle, one of which you’ll have to fight for forever. Just remember life happens and there will always be struggles, keep the faith and keep the motivation.
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