As recently as a few decades ago, addictions to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and gambling were seen solely as a result of their bad consequences.
These days, we’re aware that bad addictions may manifest themselves in several ways. Addiction to cell phones and the Internet, for example, have emerged in recent years as new forms of negative addiction. Some individuals are hooked on sex, eating, shopping, and even working. This article will walk you through freedom from negative addictions.
What Exactly Is Addiction?
Addiction is defined as a compulsive behavior. People who suffer from an addiction are drawn into self-destructive activities even when they are aware of the harm that they are doing.
Overcoming your addictions requires doing personal introspection based on humility and being honest with yourself. To do this, I’ll propose a 5-step exercise for freedom from negative addictions.
Analyze your habits, ways of reacting, and ways of behaving that you often repeat and that can be considered a negative addiction. Don’t forget to be humble and honest with yourself.
Write It All Down On Paper
And take your time; you don’t have to do it in a single day. You can write them down over the weeks as you discover them. Focus on the ones that can have the most negative consequences in your life.
Think About The Effects Of Your Negative Addictions
Next to each addiction, write down what effect it brings you or, in other words, why do you feed it? Again, be as honest with yourself as possible.
Are you addicted to going from couple to couple because you are terrified of being alone? Are you addicted to having a hyper steric diet because you don’t want to get fat, or are you obsessed with having a physical ten? Are you addicted to reacting in bad ways when someone tells you about your shortcomings because you are insecure and your weak self-esteem refuses to face them?
Each person is a universe to explore, so don’t be in a hurry and discover your own world and the reasons behind it. Probably what you discover will surprise you and, of course, it will also help you grow.
Create An Action Plan
Be creative and devise your own action plan to eliminate your addictions. If you have come this far, you will have reflected a lot on them and probably already have ideas about them.
In any case, sometimes, the simple work of identifying your addictions and analyzing them (previous steps) is enough to spontaneously develop the attitudes and actions necessary to erase them from your life gradually.
Seek professional advice
When you’ve tried all you could and still find yourself wallowing in your negative addictions, seek medical or professional advice.