BREAKING FREE FROM ALCOHOL AND SMOKING


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Breaking Free from Alcohol and Smoking is not always an easy thing but if you set your mind to break free, you will break free and conquer it!  Recovery should be about experiencing freedom, and quitting alcohol and tobacco together means a deeper sense of personal freedom and a commitment to living addiction-free.So, what steps can you take?

1. PRAY ABOUT IT

Prayer works and most other steps might not work if you dont get down on your knees and talk to God about it. Pray about it and ask for God's help even as you take other measures.

2. BE DETERMINED

You just have to make up your mind that you are no longer in for that again. If you arent determined, a little tease from your friends would quicken you to pick up the bottle again. So, you have to make up your mind and be determined.

3. GET RID OF ALL SUBSTANCE CONNECTED TO ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO

Yes, even as you break free, there might still be crates of beer in the house or fridge or cigarettes around. You need to get rid of them absolutely so that you dont have to set your eyes on them again and get tempted. Don't hold onto your favorite lighter, your flask, or your shot glasses. A big lifestyle change like this is best maintained if you avoid seeing constant reminders of your old habits

4. TALK TO YOUR HOUSEHOLD

There is a probability that some of the people you live with might be involved in the same thing. You need to talk to them about it so that they dont get anymore cigarettes or beer for you.

5. AVOID PLACES WHERE PEOPLE DRINK OR SMOKE

This is the safest thing for you to do. You just have to stop going to the ba or that club or that party. You might have to turn down a friend's birthday invitation beacuse you know its going to be really bad - alcohol is involved. Even if its your friends place, you will have to stay away since you know there is no day you visit him that you wont get greeted by beer or tobacco. Its your safety and health first.

6. TAKE A BREAK FROM PEOPLE WHO REGULARLY SMOKE/DRINK
 
Surrounding yourself with people that engage in behaviors you are trying to avoid can be tempting. Explain to them that you are removing the substances from your life and will no longer engage in activities that revolve around drinking or smoking. Create distance from people who will not support you in your desire to be free from alcohol and tobacco. They would surely laugh at you but dont succumb or feel bad. You are better of than them already. So, they are the ignorant ones.

7. AVOID HIGH RISK SITUATION

 High risk situations can include feeling lonely, tired, angry, and hungry.These situations can leave you feeling vulnerable and more prone to use alcohol or tobacco. Be aware of when you feel you may be approaching any of these situations and learn to prevent them from starting. Make sure you get enough sleep, eat throughout the day, and don't isolate yourself socially to avoid these high risk situations. If you feel anger coming on, remind yourself to relax and let it pass without depending on alcohol and cigarettes.

8. REPLACE USING ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO WITH MORE POSTITIVE OPTIONS

 Remember that using alcohol and tobacco provides positive reinforcement because they help you cope with stress and tension. Try to pinpoint what positive aspects you experience as a result of using alcohol and tobacco, and brainstorm different outlets to obtain the same release. Coping can include relaxation and deep breathing, talking to a friend, or taking a walk. Exercise often helps reduce withdrawal symptoms, and it gives you something to do when you get a craving. Exercise also helps reduce daily stress. Consider going for a bike ride, doing yoga, walking the dog, or jumping rope.  Adding a new hobby can help you focus your energy positively and add a sense of meaning to your life.Try something new that looks fun and interesting. New hobbies can include surfing, knitting, writing, or learning to play the guitar.

9. DISTRACT YOURSELF

If you get a craving or experience minor withdrawal, use distraction until the urge passes. Distract your mind and your body. If you get a craving, chew on gum, talk a walk, open a window, or begin a new activity. Relaxation is key to recovery. Mounting tension can lead to relapse. If you don't feel like you have time to relax, think about the time you spend engaging with alcohol and tobacco, and replace it with relaxation. Activities such as taking a walk, reading and reading the Bible, and meditation can be effective ways to relax.

10. ALLOW YOURSELF SOME OTHER TREATS...*WINKS*

 Everyone needs some vices in life - just make them healthier ones overall. Indulge in a little ice-cream every now and then, or buy some fizzy drinks with lots of carbonation. While staying healthy is important, give yourself a little leeway so that you don't feel denied all the indulgences that you used to enjoy.

11. STAY FOCUSED

  The better you cope with cravings the lesser your chance of relapsing. People who quit smoking and drinking at the same time tend to experience less severe withdrawal and face lower relapse risk. When ceasing alcohol or tobacco, the body may experience withdrawal without continued use. Withdrawal symptoms from tobacco and alcohol can include: anxiety, depression, fatigue, headache, nausea, shaking, stomach cramps, and elevated heart rate.

12. PLEASE, MONITOR WITHDRAWAL

 While tobacco withdrawal can be unpleasant on both body and emotions, alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous. Severity of alcohol withdrawal symptoms varies by how much you drink, for how long, and your condition of health. Some symptoms can start within hours after drinking, peak within days, and improve within the week. Alcohol withdrawal can lead to symptoms which causes severe mental and neurological problems. This may include body tremors, agitation, restlessness, fear, hallucinations and seizures. Seek medical attention if you experience these symptoms. If you are a long-term and heavy drinker, consider a medically supervised detox.

13. IN THE LONG RUN, YOU MIGHT HAVE TO GET A THERAPIST

It's hard to beat addiction on your own, and a therapist can be a consistent source of accountability and support. Working with a therapist can include discussing emotional triggers, finding coping strategies, preventing relapse, and digging deeper to understand the emotional causes of addiction. Staying consistent with therapy is important, especially for addressing relapse prevention. Addiction can coexist or contribute to psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. Together with therapy, prescription medications may treat concurrent psychiatric disorders that contribute to addicti

14. ENLIST THE HELP OF SUPPORTIVE FRIENDS AND RELATIVES

 You're more likely to stop drinking and smoking if you seek support from those around you. Ask them to support you by not drinking and smoking around you.

15. FIND ACCOUNTABILITY

  If you have other friends who are looking to quit drinking and smoking too, make a pact for healthier choices. Check in with each other daily and hold each other accountable for your choices.

My darling, stay focused and dont stop being determined. Alcohol and Smoking like every other addiction would take time but know that you can do it! Dont be afraid to take the bold step and God will help you!

EMETE SMART LOVES YOU!

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