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Overcome my addiction

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I have an addiction and I want to break it but every time I try I succumb to my urges. How do i stop?

Answer

Hello there, welcome to Ask Alex!
 
First, we want to say how brave and strong you are for reaching out about your struggle. It takes a lot of courage to admit that you need help, and we’re here to support you through this.
 
It’s normal to feel like you’re battling an uphill struggle when trying to break an addiction. Remember, you’re not alone in this. Many people face similar challenges, and it’s ok to ask for help. Talking to a trusted adult, like a parent, teacher, or counsellor, can be a great first step. They can offer guidance, support, and sometimes even join you in creating a plan to tackle these urges.
 
Having an emergency plan in place for when you feel the urge to give in can be really helpful. This might include calling a friend, engaging in a hobby you love, or practicing deep-breathing exercises. Distractions and positive activities can keep your mind off the urge and give you a sense of control.
 
Remember, it’s also your right to receive professional support. Therapists and counsellors are trained to help with addictions and can provide you with tools and strategies tailored to your specific situation. Sometimes, just having someone to talk to who understands what you’re going through can make a world of difference. You can find lots of support articles around the different types of addiction here spunout.ie.
 
If you ever feel like you can’t talk to somebody you know just yet, you can always call the Childline Team. We’re open 24 hours a day, every day. You can contact us for free at 1800 66 66 66, or by Messenger at www.Childline.ie (just click on the purple chat icon). Our service is non-judgmental and confidential.
 
You are never alone. We are here for you, to support you and explore your options with you. Stay strong, and remember, reaching out is a powerful first step towards recovery.
 
Best of luck with your recovery,
Alex

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