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How to Quit in 5 Steps

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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.


First Step

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?

Second Step

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.

Third Step

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 provides only negative results and no payoffs or rewards.
  • I must start to view smoking as only having only negative results.

Fourth Step

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.


Fifth Step

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.
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