How To Get Over An Addiction

Addiction

So, you want to get over an addiction?

You want to be free from the experience of being enslaved to a habit, a practice, or something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming?

Well, like so many things in life we want to change, the trick to getting over an addiction is to eliminate the emotional power that drives it. Now, of course, if the addiction is a physical one, then you have to detoxify your body first. There are many facilities dedicated to helping you with the process. After that, you’re dealing with a psychological issue. And that’s where I can help you.

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In addition to eliminating the emotional power that drives addiction, you also have to find the beliefs at its foundation. Often these foundational beliefs are “irrational,” and finding them can be hard for a couple of reasons.

  1. You’re trying to uncover something that your rational brain doesn’t believe, or doesn’t want to believe, exists in the first place.
  2. Acknowledging that some of the things that are driving your addiction behavior can feel frightening and vulnerable.

Random Thoughts at the Roots of Addiction

For instance, it’s hard to admit and feel ok with hating someone you love. It’s hard to admit to and feel ok with wanting to be taken care of. And it’s hard to admit and feel ok with the idea that things that happened to you when you were small have an effect on your adult life. But these are the types of thoughts that live in the roots of addiction.

When you can let go of any judgments you have about who you are, what you think, and how you feel, you will be on the road to getting over your addictions. You will not need or want the relief of the addiction to help you cope with the loneliness and isolation you experienced as a result of the judgments you put on yourself.

You will be free.

Are you ready to stop letting addictions rule your life? Tired of white-knuckling sobriety?

Then give me a call. We’ll talk.

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Contact me to set up your free 15-minute phone consultation.

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