Break the Cycle: Getting Out of a Destructive Habit

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A rehabilitation groupIt’s not always fun to have a habit. It’s good if it means that you’re getting better because of it, but not if it’s destructive. When an addiction to something — like smoking cigarettes or drinking liquor — starts to become a bad habit, you need to knock it off. You also need to have the conviction to swear off it for the rest of your life.

Getting Off the Horse

Now, how do you get off a damaging habit? It’s easy if you know how to nip it off the bud before it starts. The real struggle is if it starts to become a part of your everyday routine.

Getting away from your bad habits is an everyday struggle. Carus Recovery noted that even by simply checking into a drug and alcohol rehab center is already a big step.

Here’s how you can avoid or erase your destructive habits:

  1. Make a commitment to kick it. If you’re going to kick off a habit, you need to decide to kick it — for good. Half-hearted efforts usually fail. A solid focus is necessary, as well as resilience to follow through on your goal.
  2. Avoid activities that encourage returning. Even simple changes to your everyday routine can make a big difference. The biggest causes of developing a habit are stress and boredom. Even changing this could give your effort a big boost.
  3. Place reminders. Giving yourself steady reminders of your effort is great. Place it where you can read it daily — your room, your fridge, or your work desk. You can also create a replacement to be reminded every day even if it’s the same thing.
  4. Replacing with a positive activity. Every time you get an urge to return to your habit, do something else instead. Exercise or any other positive activity is a good substitute.
  5. Avoid temptation. The biggest trigger to returning to your regular bad habit is giving in to temptation. It is hard, but with the right dedication and focus, you will overcome.

The decision, of course, will have to come from you. To improve your life and get started on the path to becoming better, you should overcome habits that would only make you feel bad about yourself.

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