How To Stop An Addiction – My 5 Techniques To Quit Any Bad Habits

How To Stop An Addiction – My 5 Techniques To Quit Any Bad Habits


Wondering how to quit an addiction or a bad habit?

You're in good hands. Over the years, I managed quit more than 10 addictions, and dozens of other bad habits.

I'm what you can call a “biohacker”, but I prefer to just see myself as someone who wants to get the most out of life.

Quitting bad habits and getting your life in order is especially powerful if you want to become an entrepreneur.

In fact, I believe a lot of the changes in my health has led me to my financial success.

So let me share how I did that.

Why should you quit your addictions?

Before you do something, you should understand why you do it.

Too many people are trying to quit their addictions without really knowing why.

“Those who do not find time for health will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”

A saying I like a lot.

Being healthy for me has become a much higher priority than before. And it changed my life for the better.

I'm feeling better than ever, and I don't get sick anymore. Do you know how much energy that saves me? I see no reason to spend money on medicine and doctors when you can just avoid it in the first place.

Over the last years I have ended a lot of bad addictions, and I have become really good at letting go of things that doesn't serve me in the long run.

No regrets. Of course you can always avoid getting addicted in the first place, but then you'll miss the pleasure out of quitting!

My strength comes from pure will, but there are tricks and techniques you can use to make it easier.

Let me share some ways on how to stop bad habits & addictions.

Choose carefully what bad habits to quit

Not all addictions are that bad. Don't even try to quit something unless you have good reasons for it.

Drinking that morning coffee might just be beneficial, who knows? Science isn't explicit. I eat chocolate (dark) every day, and I love it. Not going to stop, ever.

But when you have an addiction and bad habits that you know for sure that's not going to benefit you and holding you back in life, then you need to start doing something about it.

Rather sooner than later, because the deeper in, the harder to get out. Addictions only exists if you let them.

7 techniques – how to quit any addiction

1. Decide when you're at your weakest

It's not that hard deciding that you want to quit eating junk food after just finishing eating a pizza, chocolate cakes and drinking soda as your blood sugar is peaking. You just feel sick from even thinking about eating anything else with sugar in it ever again. It won't last.

Be sure that you want to quit the addiction, even at the same moment that you're longing for a fix. That is a way to be sure that you have enough willpower. If you don't have the will, there's no reason to even try. Instead, focus on finding the reasons.

2. Be mentally prepared for it by setting a quitting date in the future

Never quit in the moment just because you feel like it. The key is to not act with emotions, but with rationality. Plan the whole thing, preferably up to 6 months ahead! Once that date is reached, there's no turning back. Unless you really want to disappoint yourself.

Continue using, and feel bad about it. Yes, build up negative feelings towards your addiction. It takes out the fun out of using, and makes it easier to quit once your date has arrived.

3. Intend to quit for a fixed period of time, not forever

It's hard to say forever goodbye to something. Starting small is easier. Promise yourself that you won't smoke a single cigarette for 3 months, after that you can do as you like, and smoke without guilt if you feel like it.

You will pass the 3 months without smoking, and feel really proud.

Now, don't worry, you can start smoking again, because you were good enough to reach the goal.

The secret is, the desire to smoke has vanished, and the struggle you've been through would be all for nothing if you start again. Now you're strong enough to hold back.

4. Realize you're not missing the addiction itself, but the feeling that comes from it

The hardest part for me has never been the physical. That's gone after a few weeks. The hardest part is to deal with the feelings that's experienced while using.

Smoking a cigarette makes you feel nice and relaxed. But remind yourself that this feeling can be created in other ways, and be sure to get those feelings from other sources as often. You won't feel the need to replace them with your old habits.

5. Transform a bad habit into a good one, and focus on the new one

Biting your nail? Make a pushup. Smoking a cigarette? Drink a glass of water. Eating unhealthy? Have some spinach and a carrot.

Sounds lame, but it works. When the choice stands between good and bad, we'll choose the good. But if we only think about our old habits, it's easy to get stuck.

It's important to focus on your new habit. The easiest way to stay on track is to always focus on your new habit, not on your old ones. Instead of saying “I want to stop drinking Coke”, say “I love drinking water”.

The trick is to just get the old addiction out of your mind, don't let it occupy one more second of your time. The less you think about it, the less it controls you.

Written by
Johannes Larsson
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  • Hello my friend. I am Robyn Banda, 65 yrs from Zambia. I read your article with great interest and would definitely try the technique. I agree with you – Those who do not find time for health will sooner or later have to find time for illness. I find this true in my family and friends. Thank you

  • Addictions are rampant all over the world and they have large connect with the failure of people’s hopes & dreams (money, relationship..). The problem is caused and perpetuated by corrupt politicians, greedy capitalists, useless education system and mis-leading advertising. Your affiliate marketing method is a sure shot way to beat failures and beat addiction. I am learning your method and highly recommend to all.

  • wud like to try this tip of yours in 2021 – Transform a bad habit into a good one, and focus on the new one. thnx for the tip.

  • Hey Johannes.. I am reading and Queen’s song – I want to break free is ringing loud.. Thnx dear for such profound knowledge. No one shud ever get addicted to anything .. Money, power, ego, emotions that it becomes hard to live without. Sure!!! I want to break free. Will surely give it a try.. your way.

    • Great lyrics and so true, addiction is no different to a cage that you must break free from to find true happiness!

  • Wish people were addicted to seeking knowledge and making this world a better place to live especially people in power.

  • Addiction to my phone has become a big problem for me and same is the problem with my other school friends. We hardly go out any more to meet, even if we do all of are glued to our phones.

    • I am really sorry to hear that, Tamara. It’s a big problem but being aware is the first step to fixing it. If your friends don’t seem to see the issue with this yet then maybe you could share this article with them?