Today we are continuing to talk about making plans to quit. Making a plan to quit may seem very daunting. Sure, some people may tell you to suck it up or to just do it. We know it’s not that easy. In order to be successful, proper planning must take place.
The first thing you need to do is take a look at all the times you tried to quit. Why were those ventures unsuccessful? What got in the way? These barriers can range from support to work or even just being in the wrong program. How was your mindset?
Now think of ways you might self-sabotage. Self-sabotage is when you create barriers that force you to fail. For example, you might accept a wedding invitation to an open bar, knowing you are vulnerable. This time, think of everything that might get in the way and come up with a solution. One solution to this example is to attend the wedding with a sober friend or simply not go.
Do you ever watch those TV shows where a family does an intervention and within 24 hours the addict is admitted to a rehab facility? That’s not reality. For most people, up and leaving right this moment is not even an option. With proper planning, you can do it. You can even do it without checking yourself into a facility.
We cannot stress enough how proper planning is an absolute must. Create your own plan. Do you think it would be better to quit cold turkey or taper down? Remember, everyone has a different situation. What about family, friends, work, or school?
Making plans to quit will not be easy but it is absolutely necessary. And guess what? Follow your own plan and you might be surprised. Don’t get discouraged about bumps along the way. Remember, you can always start again.