4 Basic ideas on how to kick addiction and make it stick

4 Basic ideas on how to kick addiction and make it stick

VicesMay 07, 2018

Unlike most politicians, we're completely aware of . But we also know about the other side, abject devastation relating to addiction. If you or someone you know is struggling with it, pull back, reevaluate tonight, and then read below to get a quick idea of where to begin. 

1. Sotally Tober
Oftentimes, cold turkey isn’t the way to go for most. It’s not entirely impossible, but your body is so used to the substances, that withdrawal can set in and be super uncomfortable (even fatal for alcoholics). Things like depression and suicidal thoughts tend to be elevated during this time too. If this is the route you want to go, for any reason, consult a physician on the ups and downs

2. Healthy Distractions
It’s often external triggers that make addicts wants to use. Recognize what those are for you and you’re ahead of the game. And as soon as you see them happening, figure out something else entirely to do. Maybe you’re deep inside a clip of Johnny Depp’s Blow and it’s giving you ideas — drop down and do 20 pushups. Bud Light billboard on the side of the road? Call mom, tell her you love her. Any positive distraction helps.

3. Simply Change
Your YOLO lifestyle and love of chaos is likely one of the main culprits that got you into this mess in the first place. Take a step back, reevaluate what’s important, and toss aside the factors that will get you deeper into trouble. “It’s not willpower, it’s programming,” says Dr. Phil. What that means is you’re in a habitual process of life — sometimes all it takes is to assume a new identity.

4. Get Help
There are an infinite amount of resources out there for you to get better. Friends, loved ones, national help centers, hotlines, YouTube videos — the cashier at Target — no matter where you are, there is someone out there willing. If you really feel like you’re in dire straights and need a hand, start with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration hotline @ 1-800-662-HELP (4357). Or call the Rooster offices; we know people.