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Overcoming Addictions: Quit Smoking, Stop Overeating & End Addictive Relationships

Overcoming addictions, whether you can’t quit smoking or stop overeating, may be easier with these 5 tips. Even if you’re addicted to the wrong man or woman, are in an addictive relationship, or can’t stop shopping for expensive clothes – quitting may be easier than you expect.

These 5 tips will work with most addictions – even addictive relationships or overeating. Before you read about overcoming addictions, first figure out if you’re an emotional eater or in an addictive relationship.

Overcoming Addictions: 5 Tips to Quit Smoking, Stop Overeating, and End Addictive Relationships

  1. Overcoming Addictions: Leave Your Environment. “Out of sight, out of mind,” is a cliché for a reason. To quit smoking, change your environment. If you always sit with the smokers at lunch, then pick a new place to eat. When you’re over the worst of the smoking addiction, then you can sit with them without dealing with mind-numbing cravings (or maybe you never go back to the smokers’ corner). I had a real hard time drinking coffee after I quit smoking because coffee and cigarettes always went together for me, so I had to quit coffee for a few months, too. Changing your patterns will help when you’re overcoming addictions.
  2. Overcoming Addictions: Wait for the Craving to Pass. Most cravings, even smoking and overeating, subside within 15 or 20 minutes. To overcome addictions, distract yourself until the craving passes. When you’re dying for a smoke at work, go for a walk around the office or block. At home, find a job you’ve been avoiding such as sorting through the photographs or cleaning out the cupboards. To quit smoking, keep your hands and mind busy, and the temptation will (eventually) fade. Overcoming addictions means not giving in.
  3. Overcoming Addictions: Remember Your Reasons for Quitting. Review your reasons for quitting smoking: it’s unhealthy, smelly, unattractive, expensive, and harmful to other people. Keep reminding yourself why you want to quit smoking, and your craving will dissipate. Remember that it takes time, and the cravings will get weaker every day. Overcoming addictions is harder when you feed them. Then addictions get big and strong.
  4. Overcoming Addictions: Use a Healthy Substitution. When a craving strikes, have a healthy substitution ready to go. There are several possibilities when you’re quitting smoking: sunflower seeds, licorice, sugarless gum, crocheting, chewing tobacco (just kidding), crossword puzzles – anything that involves your hands and mouth. Chew on a toothpick to quit smoking. Research nicotine chewing gum or tablets. If you’re struggling with an internet addiction, get out of the house – get some exercise! Overcoming addictions means changing your habits and lifestyle.
  5. Overcoming Addictions: Be Patient With Yourself. Soon, the initial stage of quitting smoking or ending addictive relationships – the hardest stage – will be a distant memory. Time goes by so fast; a month will race by and your cravings will already be weaker. Before you know it, your experience will motivate your friends to overcome their addictions.

Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it hundreds of times. – Mark Twain

Dr. Vikram Tarugu MD

Dr. Vikram Tarugu, is a best-in-class, board certified gastroenterologist in South Florida. Specializing in the diagnosis and treatments of gastrointestinal tract conditions. Dr. Tarugu is currently in private practice and has privileges at Raulerson hospital. He is also the CEO of Detox of South Florida. He is routinely rated as one of the best GI doctors and liver doctors in Florida. Patients through out the US have sought his expertise and seek his help when a second opinion is needed with difficult and chronic Gastro intestinal and liver diseases.

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