Addiction of any sort is very difficult for most people to overcome without some extreme motivation.  Addictions come in many forms, such as smoking, overeating, drugs and alcohol and even gambling.

Most people can only overcome addiction by motivating themselves to kick the habit. Motivation is in the mind and the right frame of mind can help you overcome your addiction.

Achieving the right frame of mind usually comes from realizing all that you have to lose if you do not stop your addiction. 

Addictions happen over a long period of time. It forms slowly and then becomes a mental issue by associating the habit with dependency. When you find that you cannot indulge your addiction it becomes frustrating, uncomfortable and for many people, intolerable. Even if your addiction is not bad for you or your health, it can consume you and make your life more difficult. Others around you will also notice your addiction and it can get in the way of  and destroy your work or relationships.

In order to overcome most addictions, you must motivate yourself to stop the habit. Addictions have a way of creeping into our lives and most of the time; we may not even notice that we have had six cups of coffee or played online poker for three hours straight. Addictions are habits and are performed repeatedly. Sometimes, these additions become so ingrained in a person’s mind that they continue without a thought. A person who has little control over their mind or is weak-minded can have a much more difficult time overcoming the addiction.

The key to overcoming addiction is telling yourself that you are motivated to stop. It may take days or weeks or even months to stop the habit, but by replacing the addiction with sometime positive, it is easier. For those who are trying to stop smoking or give up caffeine, sometimes chewing gum can help. Anything that can replace the negative behavior can take the place. For those who are trying to stop overeating, maybe a quick walk around the block to take their mind off of the food can help.

The threat of legal trouble, destroying a relationship, loss of parental rights, and losing a job are frequent triggers that motivate those who have trouble with addiction to alcohol and drugs.

 Motivation is sometimes hard during addictive behavior. It is often difficult to stay focused and on track when your mind wants to continue the behavior. Motivation is why you do what you do. When you are ceasing a negative behavior, you must stop and think about what is motivating you to stop the addiction.

 Smoking can be detrimental not only to your health, but to others around you. In addition, it is expensive. The same goes for drinking alcohol. Maybe you participate in other forms of addiction that are not so bad for you such as gambling. While it is not bad for your health, it can be expensive. It can also take away quality time from your family. Whatever it is, you must decide on what is motivating you stop.

Motivation is sometimes easier when you can reward yourself. Everyone is different, but some type of reward can often motivate the weakest person. A reward system can work for nearly any type of addiction. Another great way to stop an undesirable addiction is to surround yourself with positive people and always keep track of your success. Both of these are good motivators when you are trying to stop an addiction.

If you are trying to stop drinking, then surround yourself with others who do not drink. Those are the people that can support and motivate you in a difficult situation and will not tempt you to fall back into your old routine. When you keep track of your success, you will also feel motivated to continue. This can be in the form of writing a journal, keeping a log or just talking to someone who has been with you throughout the process. You will see how far you have come, even if you have set back and you will stay motivated and focused and want to continue.

In addition, when you are trying to break a habit or stop an addiction of any kind you must always remember that you will not be perfect everyday. The expectation of perfection will break your spirit and will not motivate you when you have set backs. Addictions form very slowly over a long period of time and you should not expect that you would be able to break the habit overnight. Your addiction recovery will take a long time, too. But, with the right motivation you can break your addiction cycle.


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