Saturday, May 31, 2008

Maybe Quitting an Addiction Isn't as Difficult as You Think

If I'd heard someone say that to me years ago I would have argued. Of course it's difficult. You have to have a desire to quit, you have to go to self-help groups and pour your heart out.....THEN you have to go to these groups all the time. Then you end up thinking about your addiction every day and talking to people about it. You find yourself reading articles about people just like yourself who are addicted. These people are just like you and you feel an affinity with them.

But then after a few months it starts getting old---going to the meetings, seeing the same people sharing the same stories---you think about your addiction again. The newness is gone. You think about going back to your addiction out of boredom.

What if it were possible to just say, "ENOUGH! I don't want to be addicted anymore!" And what if it took? It happens all the time.

Isn't this LESS difficult than the previous? Not that meetings are bad---they're not, but they're not for everybody. Personally, meetings wouldn't have helped me. But think about the possibility.....of just quitting to get on with your life......


At June 18, 2008 at 2:23 AM , Blogger Denya said...

That is a great post!! Thank you for that. I haven't attended an AA meeting in a year now, and I always felt like I would fail because I didn't like AA, and now with your post and book coming out I can't wait to read it!!

At June 22, 2008 at 10:46 AM , Blogger misslja said...

I admire you Denya for following your heart. You most likely don't need AA. What works for one doesn't work for another. People kept telling me I needed AA or I'd go back to drinking eventually. Well in less than 2 weeks it will have been 21 years since I drank and I don't miss drinking at all.


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