The urge to smoke or drink is gone, or maybe it's been reduced to a liveable, manageable level, but what about the life-triggers that make your partner feel like they need something? The physical problems and addictions may be over, but the mind still operates and the emotions are always an issue.
You talk to people who have given up any addiction and find out that they have taken another path and start to do or participate with other things and have different experiences. I met a woman recently who explained that to help her husband quit excessive drinking and smoking she literally had to move from the neighborhood to keep all his social buddies from arriving at her doorstep. They all had the address , and she had to find a new neighborhood.
Wow. There's more to giving up addictions that you might examine on the surface. How do we handle being human and dealing with other people's issues? It's just not easy, especially if you're not a trained psychologists with years of studies in human behavior. One suggestion is to continue to work on yourself to make yourself feel better and stronger mentally and physically so that you have balance.
Take a break from your regular daily routines, in fact, if you can, a vacation or excursion, even for one or two nights could be just what you need to see the world from a fresher perspective.
Another issue that people keep bringing up about quitting addictions is the changes in the body and how food metabolizes and how the food tastes. I also have heard many people complain that once they quit smoking they got heavier and that's not something any of us wakes up in the morning hoping for.
How can we help in that area of health and body weight? We decided that one of the best things to do was to enjoy some quality time together outside and to take a walk for about 30 minutes every day . We talk about positive subjects while being together and working on being healthy and happy. We're making progress and hope you do too.
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