Overcoming Addictions - Anthony Ekanem - ebook

Overcoming Addictions ebook

Anthony Ekanem

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When you are suffering from an addiction, it can feel like your entire life is out of control and you have no power to stop yourself from using again and again. When you are addicted to something, it can also feel like you're completely alone and have nowhere to turn. These are all common mindsets for someone who has an addiction to any substance, whether that is food, cigarettes or other tobacco products, alcohol, prescription or illegal drugs and even sex. But neither are you alone in your addiction nor do you have to be a slave to addiction for the rest of your life. That's exactly why this book exists. It is very easy to feel like you are the only one who is experiencing your particular addiction – or the level of addiction you're experiencing – but the truth is, there are millions of others who experience exactly the same things that you do. That's because addiction affects more than 10% of the United States population. That means if you were to get on a typical city bus there are probably two or three people on that bus – besides you – that are suffering from some kind of addiction. Don't fool yourself either; having a food addiction or being unable to quit drinking alcohol is the same as an addiction to a drug or any other substance. Addiction is addiction, no matter what the substances.

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Overcoming Addictions

Your Road to Success
Table of Contents
Introduction
Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen

Introduction

When you are suffering from an addiction, it can feel like your entire life is out of control and you have no power to stop yourself from using again and again. When you are addicted to something, it can also feel like you’re completely alone and have nowhere to turn. These are all common mindsets for someone who has an addiction to any substance, whether that is food, cigarettes or other tobacco products, alcohol, prescription or illegal drugs and even sex. But neither are you alone in your addiction nor do you have to be a slave to addiction for the rest of your life. That’s exactly why this book exists.

 

You Are Not Alone

It is very easy to feel like you are the only one who is experiencing your particular addiction – or the level of addiction you’re experiencing – but the truth is, there are millions of others who experience exactly the same things that you do. That’s because addiction affects more than 10% of the United States population. That means if you were to get on a typical city bus there are probably two or three people on that bus – besides you – that are suffering from some kind of addiction. Don’t fool yourself either; having a food addiction or being unable to quit drinking alcohol is the same as an addiction to a drug or any other substance. Addiction is addiction, no matter what the substances.

 

You Can Beat Addiction If You Try

You have probably heard this in some form or another before and you probably don’t believe a word of it. That’s because you know that in the past you have tried to get over your addiction yourself and have failed – and you know that it was a sincere effort and that you were actually doing your best. No one here is disputing that. But what you need to understand is that every single person who has ever been addicted to anything – in the entire world, throughout thousands of years of human history – has had to make an effort several times – sometimes thousands of times – before they finally succeeded. Just because you have tried in the past and haven’t succeeded doesn’t mean that your future efforts are doomed to failure. In fact, the more times you tried in the past, the better the chances are that you will be successful this time.

 

Don’t Lose Hope

Use the tools in this book to give yourself another chance to get over the addiction that is affecting your life. You actually are in a minor percentage of people who are trying to get help with their addiction. Although 1 out of every 10 people is addicted to something, less than 10% of those addicts actually try to seek treatment. You obviously want to succeed and that makes a great deal of difference.

 

Chapter One

What is Addiction?

 

In this chapter, we are going to explore exactly what addiction is and why it is so powerful that it has gripped 1 out of every 10 people (in the United States). We will discuss some of the causes of addiction and how the experts are defining it based upon the symptoms. This is useful for anyone who has wondered whether they are addicted to a particular habit and where the line is drawn to define someone as an addict.

 

The Definition of Addiction