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Breaking Free: Getting Away from Addiction and its Grasp

The conscious decision to quit isn’t always there for people who struggle with addictions. They can’t do as much as try—some people have it in them genetically to be weak to addictions. Others, however, seem to be wired with resistance to substance or any kind of abuse.

There’s no other choice when talking about addictions but to quit. How do you do this? It usually requires these tips:


Make the decision to quit.

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Addictions are quite hard to turn away from, but that doesn’t mean you don’t try. Make a list of all the things you’re going to quit—consciously—and read them. Some of these you may be able to do right away. Others might require you to seek help. Remember to take quitting these things seriously to avoid a destructive cycle of coming back to the same habit.


Quitting is a conscious habit.

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Quitting your habit is a conscious effort of trying to keep a promise—a promise to yourself. Remember this when trying to leave a destructive habit. Remember the list you made? Seek to create a list that would reflect the positive things happening in your life if you manage to quit your habit. Make a result of all the things you will get if you quit your habit.


It’s better to make quitting your habit.

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If you’re going to maintain a habit, it would be better to make it quitting. Kicking the habit can be quite hard but if you set your mind to it, you’ll be able to create a cycle of positive values and you’ll be able to push through with your goal. Be positive, think positive, and everything else will follow.


Set your Goal.

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Your goal will be to become sober or free of drugs, so make sure you’re going to achieve that. It’s going to be hard but with adequate help, you’re going to make it. Having a list of your goals is a good way to make sure you don’t lose your focus. List the things that you want to happen to you, and make it happen.


Create reminders.

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Be mindful of what you set out to accomplish by making daily reminders. It is helpful to have that list where you can see it. You can check it for what you are going to do on that specific day, or you can also cross off an activity that you’ve already completed. Going healthy is the key here, so be mindful of what you’re going to do.

People have a certain thing that makes them go back to their habit. What are yours? Be mindful of these, as they could destroy what took you a long time to build. Make sure you’re going to concentrate on getting better before your addiction gets even worse.

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Don’t make it a Habit: How Long a Dangerous Addiction Lasts

Something that you do in almost a heartbeat is a habit, a thing that you won’t go a day without doing. This can be something positive like doing exercise, talking to friends, or going out for a stroll. It can quickly turn into something negative, however, if you’re not very careful.

Here’s a good look at how you can avoid developing bad habits and making them go away.

Change it into a good one. Chances are, this habit of yours started when you developed a certain liking for whatever you’re abusing. Creating a positive habit to change the bad one is a good way of making your addiction more positive. This is also good if you’re the type of person who can’t easily shake off addictions.

Turning into an Addiction. Addictions start out as bad habits. While most people have harmful habits like nail biting or hair picking, others may develop harmful ones like swearing or procrastinating. Even more harmful ones may turn into something like drug or substance abuse, which is compounded all the more when you let your peers influence you, even if it’s bad.

Becoming an Addiction. Smoking and drinking starts out as bad habits that you can change when you catch it early. It’s best to ask yourself whether the habit is something you can live without or something you absolutely should do. When you need to do it—as in absolutely—then there’s something wrong. You need to do something to change that habit.

The myth of habits. There are some sources saying that when you develop a habit, whether good or bad, you can get rid of it in 21 days. It’s simply dangerous to trust in this unsubstantiated source. Psychologists and specialists say otherwise, although it’s true that you can replace it with something more positive to change it.

Making it go away. After 21 days, if you try and stop a habit, there’s going to be a nagging feeling—that is, if it’s only something like nail-biting or procrastination. Drug dependence and alcoholism are something else. If you try to stop these without consulting anyone, the consequences can be dangerous.

Replace it with something else. Do something positive! Make it a habit to help around the house or, if you see someone in need of help, go help them. Replacing something negative with a positive is sometimes the only way you can get out of a destructive cycle.

It never is easy to break out of habits. However, it is also true that habits can become positive, if you know how to turn them into one. Live your life, trust people, and always hope that help is on the way if you’re trying to get better from a bad habit.

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Worth the Squeeze: Drug Addiction Cost and its Consequences

Can you really solve drug addiction on your own? You probably can, although it will take great willpower and a lot of initiative from you to get better. It will also take a genuine desire to get healthier; it could be dangerous, however, if you don’t have that in you.

What it takes to solve drug addiction

If you’re really serious about solving your dependence on substances or want to end your alcoholism, here’s what it’ll cost you.

Your Insurance

Getting healthy isn’t easy. Aside from the process of getting better, there’s also gaining entrance in a rehabilitation center. It isn’t cheap to get help from these centers—it’s better if you have insurance. Some payments are already covered in whole by insurance plans.

The Government’s money

You often see projects touting the usual label that ‘this is your money at work’. If that’s true, then rehabilitation is also technically your money at work. Costs are covered by insurance and other plans if you check in without money.

Your own money

You can choose to check in a rehabilitation center, even if your insurance can’t cover the whole amount that is required to gain entrance into the session. However, you or your loved ones should be prepared. Rehabilitation centers take that excess amount from your own money.


Therapies aren’t expensive. Detox alone can cost you a lot and that’s not including the amount of money spent on medication. There’s also the time of personnel who will take care of you whether you’re an in- or out-patient.

Your time

Most important of all costs, perhaps, is the time you’ll be spending in rehabilitation centers. This is a part of your life you can’t get back. It is completely worth it, however, if you really need to get rid of your harmful addiction.

A Long Journey

Rehabilitation isn’t magic. You can’t check in expecting that within a week or so you can come out good. It’s an investment towards you getting better, so you shouldn’t count your costs when checking into rehabilitation.

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