Many people battle with addictions for significant portions of their lives and have a lot of difficulty overcoming these things called “addictions". How do I know this? Well, not only because I hear about addictions in the media almost incessantly, but for the better part of 15 years I was addicted to both alcohol and cigarettes. I smoked cigarettes to the tune of at least a pack a day, and drank beer to the tune of at least a twelve-pack a day, so by my calculations, I was most certainly addicted. A little over a year ago, I walked away from both practices, and wanted to share how it is I did it.
At the time that I was heavily involved in both practices the idea of quitting almost seemed to daunting to even attempt. And besides I likedsmoking and drinking, they were fun. It wasn't until I came to the realization that I only thought they were fun because I had convinced myself of this fact that they were fun. We're they really fun? Was this true? Was being out of breath after the slightest physical activity truly fun? Was waking up almost every morning (or should I say late morning) with a hang over fun? Was spending a small fortune on both products really fun?
When I started asking myself what was really true, and being completely honest in my answers, I realized the truth. These things weren't really fun at all. It was all an illusion. I also realized that there was no reason to battle these illusions. Everything we battle, or fight, just becomes stronger, so I decided to love my addictions. I decided to be thankful for the fact that I drank and smoked so much for so long, because of what it taught me. I literally filled myself with thanks and love for both drinking and smoking. And I did this while I was still engaged in both practices.
Then after about six months I looked into my pack of cigarettes, to grab one, and realized that there was only one left. I knew this was it. I said to myself, “This is it, I'm done". I smoked that cigarette and stopped drinking and smoking that day. It's been over a year, and I haven't looked back. I can't believe that I smoked and drank for so long. I see people engaging in these activities and wish for them, the same realization that came to me. Why do I do this? Because I know that if I overcame these addictions, anyone can do what I did. I just know it. I realized that, for me, overcoming these addictions was as much about what I thought about them as anything.
Trevor Kugler is co-founder of http://www.JRWfishing.com and an avid angler. He has more than 20 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and 15 years of business and internet experience. He currently raises his three year old daughter in the heart of trout fishing country. . . Montana!
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