Overcoming addiction is a long but worthwhile battle. These six powerful mantras have helped sufferers say goodbye to addiction forever.
That road to recovery begins with addiction treatment, but it is something that all sufferers soon realise is not going to be achieved overnight; it is a journey that takes you through a whirlwind of emotions and hardships. Indeed, many sufferers can fall into the trap of relapsing in order to relieve themselves of the pain they are experiencing in early recovery.
Take it one day at a time.
Powerful mantras such as this one have inspired people to persevere and achieve their goals. It is not just addiction that mantras can help with; many people keep mantras in mind in order to face their daily struggles head on and come out on top. The following mantras may help you make the most of yourself whether you are suffering from an addiction or simply want to push yourself as far as you can go.
1. “You don’t always get what you wish for, but you always get what you work for.”
Saying goodbye to a lifestyle of excessive drug or alcohol consumption, gambling, eating or gaming is no walk in the park. An addiction takes over your mind and leads you to do whatever it takes to get that next fix, regardless of the potential negative consequences or who it might hurt in the process. Sufferers of addiction eventually lose control of their behaviour, which is part of what makes it so difficult to detach from.
Unfortunately, there is no quick and easy way to change your mind and adapt to a new lifestyle, but it surely will happen if you keep going, stay strong and stick to the task at hand. That means going to rehab, staying on task and doing what’s right no, matter how difficult it seems. You can wish for things all you want, but you won’t get them unless you work for them. In the end, the results will be well worth it.
2. “Every breath I take is a moment closer to freedom.”
It is important to remember that with every moment that passes, you are one step closer to leading the life you want to lead. It is undeniably going to be a long journey that requires your full dedication, but eventually, you are going to get to where you want to be and you can look back and feel proud of yourself for doing what was necessary to end your addiction. But to help you get through that journey, keep in mind that no matter how slow the process seems to be, you are still making progress.
Imagine that you are running a marathon with the finish line nowhere in sight. You cannot see the end as you run, but you know you will get there if you just keep going. With each inhale, you take in energy and oxygen, the life you need to continue, and every time you exhale, you get rid of that which doesn’t serve you.
3. “Strive for progress, not perfection.”
It is important not to be too hard on yourself if you are fighting the difficult fight of recovery. Nobody is perfect, and you might have the odd day when you let yourself down – but that does not mean you should give up.
Just think of how many people try to stick strictly to a diet only to grab a slice of cake when they feel peckish, or how many times you made a mistake at work that you needed to correct. As long as you are trying and never give up, even when things go wrong, you will overcome addiction and live a healthier, happier life as a result. You do not always have to do everything perfectly, just try to make progress, and you will achieve your goals.
4. “I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
There are so many people struggling with addiction who feel that their efforts are all but hopeless and they will be stuck living a life they do not want to lead indefinitely, but that is simply untrue. Anybody and everybody can work their way to sobriety, and even when times are tough as your body is getting used to the new you, you can always look back and remember that you do not want to return to that previous chaotic life.
5. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
Winston Churchill said this over 70 years ago when he was elected to lead Britain in the war of all wars. Even when things were the worst they had ever been and all hope was nearly lost, he knew that a better world was only going to be achieved by persevering, and that attitude can be a huge asset to all those who are fighting addiction.
6. “Never give up.”
The most important thing of all for those suffering from addiction is to remember that it is vital never to give up, no matter how difficult the journey to sobriety may be. Just keep in mind how much happier and more productive you will be when you can turn your back on the thing that used to keep you down, and remember that you need to keep your back turned on whatever it was that trapped you, for the rest of your life.