How to Quit an Addiction in 5 Steps
- Garbage Rules will prod you to face your self-defeating thinking that’s keeping you addicted.
- Ego will help you to understand and overcome the underlying problem in your addiction.
Note on This Page
- This page provides a method to use to quit an addiction or a compulsion.
- The example used is the smoking addiction.
5 Steps to Quitting Simplified
- First Step
Recognize that you have a relationship with your undesirable addiction, bad habit, or compulsion.
- Second Step
Recognize that your current relationship style maintains the relationship in both positive and negative ways.
- Third Step
Recognize that you can change how you relate to your addiction to such a degree that the addiction becomes repulsive and no longer an option for you.
- Fourth Step
Choose to condition and recondition your thoughts and feelings to experience and view every aspect of smoking in a negative way.
- Fifth Step
Share your progress and success with overcoming your addition with others.
What is my relationship to my bad habit of smoking?
- Do I see smoking as comforting, stress-relieving, or rewarding?
- Do I see smoking as pleasureful or my right?
- Do I hate and love smoking?
- Do I have mixed feelings and thoughts about smoking?
How is my current way of relating to smoking keeping me smoking?
- As long as I see smoking as somehow rewarding, I will continue to pursue my bad habit of smoking.
- As long as I believe in the benefits and payoffs of smoking, I will continue to exercise my addiction.
- As long as I complain about my smoking while I am doing it, I will be forcing myself to defend and protect it at least on an emotional or subconscious level.
- My pushing and pulling on my addiction is only feeding my addiction.
I claim my right to change my relationship to smoking.
I claim my right to change my relationship to smoking from being mixed with positive and negative feelings and thoughts to a new relationship containing only negative feelings and thoughts.
- I have the right to divorce smoking and to change my view of smoking. I can choose to end this bad marriage.
- If I am willing to retrain myself to view smoking as only negative and never rewarding, then I will automatically quit smoking.
- I will not drink battery acid because I believe that it provides only negative results and no payoffs or rewards.
- I must start to view smoking as only having only negative results.
I choose to practice both a conditioning and a reconditioning process on my feelings and thoughts.
I will condition with new negative feelings and thoughts. I will recondition by replacing all positive feelings and thoughts with negative ones. I will experience and view every aspect of smoking in a negative way.
- I force myself to feel negative feelings about anything and everything to do with smoking.
- I force myself to think negative thoughts about anything and everything to do with smoking.
- I learn to despise every action and aspect of smoking.
- I practice feeling contempt for smoking in any form.
Garbage Rules can help with developing a negative attitude toward self-defeating and stupid addictions, bad habits, and compulsions.
I share my progress and success with others.
I share my progress and success with overcoming my addiction with others in order to both reinforce my progress and to encourage others to do the same for themselves.
- I tell others about how changing my relationship to smoking to being completely negative is lowering my desire to smoke.
- I tell others about how changing my relationship to smoking to having only a bad attitude about smoking is lowing my smoking.
- I tell others how I now despise smoking, so do not care to smoke or be around anyone smoking.
- I encourage others to learn to have a completely negative relationship with smoking.