Keys to Conquering Addiction
Having our home burn was an adversity my entire family had to overcome. But closely linked to why our house burned was the reason – a drunken driver.
I was 13 years old when this event happened. While 13 is relatively young, I was still able to see what alcohol abuse can do to a society in general and individuals in particular.
That night, May 29, 1982, I committed myself to a principle that I am proud to say I’ve always lived by: Never ever get drunk. In fact, I refuse to drink alcohol, period.
I saw first hand what alcohol can do. I’ve seen in others the fear that develops when alcohol takes control of their lives. Because of this experience, I am proud to state that I am a man of my word and principles – to this day I still do not drink.
Don’t get me wrong: I don’t believe that drinking alcohol is wrong. However, I am certain that drinking and driving is dead wrong. But for me, I choose not to drink. My friends and others have sometimes made fun of me for this but I’m okay with it, because no amount of ridicule will ever change my core principles.
Stand on Your Principles
Remember this advice:
“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything!”
What your addiction is doesn’t matter: It may be alcohol, nicotine, overeating, drugs, pornography or a hundred other things that, when abused, can harm you and others.
If not conquered, these addictions will take control of you. They will beat you down and they will stop you from reaching your destiny. In fact, Epictetus said:
“No man is free who is not a master of himself.”
Over consumption of alcohol and other substances are bad for our health. As motivational speaker Zig Zigler says,
“If you owned a million dollar race horse, you wouldn’t let it stay up nights boozin’, smoking and drinking coffee like there’s no tomorrow, would you? Absolutely not! So why would we treat our own bodies this way?”
Conquer Your Addictions
I know – it’s easy to say don’t do something, but actually not doing it is much harder. I realize that. Here are some suggestions that you may want to utilize to help conquer your addictions:
- Acknowledge the fact that you have a problem. Often this is a relief to people. They don’t have to hide or pretend any longer.
- Ask yourself this question: What will likely happen to me if I don’t conquer this addiction over time? Will you damage your health? Could you possibly be charged with a crime? Would it cause embarrassment or other problems for your family? Could you lose your job?
- Seek professional help. Everyone needs help at some point, especially dealing with a long-held habit or addiction.
- Join a support group such as Debtors Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, etc.
- Live one day at a time. Don’t expect to be perfect from the outset. Just as a habit or addiction took hold over time, it will take a certain amount of time to stop.
- Focus daily on your long-term goals. Again, this will help you focus on something positive in your life, a point in the future which you can move toward.
As a result of conquering your addictions, you will ultimately get two things that most everyone wants – more health and more love.
**This is an excerpt from my book: “Creating Your Own Destiny”
As a Motivational Keynote Speaker, I can speak on this subject or adapt my subject to your audience.