Overcoming Addiction in 4 Easy Steps

Believe it or not, addiction can be overcome without using prescribed drugs.


Modern society has validated that human existence can be all the more meaningful by having an addiction. The definition of addiction as a strong, extensive need or desire for something has become a fundamental idea in the way we live our lives.

As such, addictions extended in things that are instantly rewarding like gambling, pornography, drugs and alcohol. Because these immediately gratifying things define addiction, we tend to look at the whole process from a very conservative perspective.

In the modern sense, addiction is boxed only on what we think is bad, offensive and illegal because something is wrong with people’s brain or even lives.

Addiction transcends more than just physical and cognitive. Most of the time, people revert to substances that could give them a temporary escape and just become numb in the havoc of pain and suffering.

Another reason why people turn to addiction is because it gives them a sense of peace in a chaotic environment. As such, it has become more common than what we think. The irony is real with addiction; the more the society changes, the more we lose ourselves. Hence, addiction has become more rampant because it anchors us in something definite even it’s just for a while.

Believe it or not, overcoming addiction is possible without using prescribed drugs. Here’s how you can do it in 4 easy steps.

#1 Environment

The first step is always the environment. Since addiction is more environmentally entrenched than we think, it can also be reversed using the same scheme.

Society traps us with a lot of choices and decisions to make. Stress in everyday living is inevitable; it is not your fault. Human beings are innately social and having a close-knit community and support group could spell a lot of change in being dependent with addictive substances.

Clean your space and relieve it with the things that remind you how stressful life could be. If you think that you are not yet ready to be social yet, you could find time to connect with the natural environment through taking a vacation.

Having some quiet time with yourself and your surroundings will remind you how small you are in the grandeur of things.


Realizing valuable insights will relieve your stress brought about by your immediate environment.

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#2 Believe that all things are possible

Being anchored on the idea that we humans are fragile and powerless stops us from getting satisfaction out of the ordinary elements of our lives and this includes addiction.

As the cliché goes, the only limit is yourself. If you give up on yourself first, then no one will possibly believe you.

Take the necessary steps to release yourself from addiction. Find productive activities you can turn into hobbies. Encourage yourself to be pushed to the limit and accept your frailties so that you can transform them to strengths.

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#3 Get all the support you need

Knowing that there are people who are willing to share your pain and accept you for what you are is very helpful in giving you time to heal.

The distress brought about by everyday living could be eased when you get support from people who know you better than you know yourself.

It is hard to overcome addiction alone but if you are wrapped in an environment of love and acceptance, you will be more encouraged to give up your addiction.

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#4 Meditation

Have some time for self-introspection through meditation. Not big on meditation? Check out this post on how you can make mindfulness meditation a daily habit.

Clear your mind of fears and doubts by establishing harmony with yourself and the overall scheme of things.

By being aware of your feelings and inner self, you can be more open to changing what you know is not good in your life, including addiction.

With meditation, you get to internalize your personal dilemmas and you will be sharper in responding to your stressors because you will eventually know that these things are normal facets of everyday living.

At the end of the day, with meditation, one will be able to get hold of the fact that life goes on and we just have to be strong enough to get by.

If you’ve never tried meditation before, check out this article: 5 Mindfulness Meditation Techniques for Beginners.

In Summary

Addiction is not something that you can flush out in a short span of time. It lingers for a while until one finally finds a reason to stop and just live.

Our environment will always be challenging. It will not stop being so for us. If we allow ourselves to be pinned down by these outtakes, we will be considered frail.

Being addicted to something boxes us in the loser’s pit. Just remind yourself that it is never too late to be strong.

Perhaps it is time to really discover the happy pill which is brought about by living with the people we love and being reconnected with ourselves.

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