Locating support groups or programs.
Doing it yourself isn’t always the answer. Find a local or online support group or program. Join it. Use it for support, don’t just sign up and “forget” to attend.8.
Including your family and friends.
Your friends and family will be happy that you are trying to take control of your life. You might ask for general support or speciﬁc items from someone. Keep track of what you ask for. Make sure to thank everyone for their help.9.
You may ﬁnd that you need professional help. Do not shy away from this option because of the cost or inconvenience of ﬁnding someone who can help you. Ask your support group for recommendations.10.
Make a list of things that you can do that you enjoy to distract you form your addiction. Often, a distraction can get you over your initial desire. Keep a copy of your list in the place(s) you’re most likely to need it.11.
Develop new habits.
It takes six months to develop a new habit, so realize this is going to take some time. Your habits might include spending leisure time at new locations that don’t trigger your addiction, learning to choose healthier alternatives or even taking an evening stroll with a friend to discuss the day and get the stress out of your system.12.
Visualize a new you.
Visualize yourself as the person you want to be without your addictions. Do this every morning before you get out of bed and every night before you fall asleep. By seeing yourself as the person you want to be, it’s easier to look backward at the steps you had to take to get to your ﬁnal you. 13.
Share your triumphs!
If you can move away from your addiction for one day, it’s good. Even if you just minimize its impact on your life, you’ve taken a step forward. Document these in your journal.14.
As others connect with you, oﬀer support to them. Share phone numbers so you can talk. Plan activities together. Find other ways to interact that avoid your addiction.15.
Share your journey.
This is much more than sharing your triumphs. Share your entire journey through your support group, interactions with family and friends, as a series of YouTube videos, through an ebook, etc. Let others see that they are not alone.
It might be that you eat too much or too little. Food is one of the hardest things to “stop.” Track your food consumption and reactions for a week to help review where your addiction lies.