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How to Break an Addictive Habit

Updated on May 3, 2013
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I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil. 4:13, NIV

Again and again you’ve tried to quit. You’re tired of the guilt that comes from your dependance on food, coffee, sex, pills, cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, or whatever things this world offer. How can you obtain freedom from your addiction? The following seven steps may be your answer.


Step 1: Exercise. A brisk walk, a swim, or a bike ride will help by physically and mentally removing you from the temptation. Exercise produces endorphins that encourage feelings of optimism and happiness. It gives you energy and relieves the stress that drives you to your habit.

Step 2: Practice positive self- talk.High self- esteem enables you to see your potential instead of your failures. Remind yourself of your talents and abilities. Stop putting yourself down. When you get up in the morning, look in the mirror and say, “I like myself just the way I am!”(including bulges, hang-ups, and all).

Step 3: Focus on peace of mind. Turmoil and unrest cause you to revert to your bad habits. A sense of contentment can silence that inner unrest. When you feel upset, read Psalm 23 and focus your thoughts on that green pasture and still water that God has promised you.

Step 4: Accept the fact that you’re human and that you may blow it occasionally. All people have setbacks as they try to break an addictive habit. But feelings of failure lead to guilt and discouragement, which in turn may drive you back to your habit for comfort. It’s a vicious cycle, so don’t get caught in it. Don’t expect yourself to be perfect.

Step 5: Develop an “I can” philosophy. The ability to break your addictive habit is to a great extent dependent on your attitude. If you truly believe you can do it, you will be more likely to succeed.

Step 6: Develop your power of choice. Willpower is the best tool to use when trying to break a habitual behavior. It’s the ability to say no to something you want and know you shouldn’t have.

Step 7: Ask for Jesus’ power. Even though you may have the desire to quit, remember, the power to do so comes from outside yourself. Claim the promise “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.

God longs to give you the peace and power you need to change your habits. Remember, with God all things are possible. Here are some Bible Verse:

  • "Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners." 1 Corinthians 15:33
  • " Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." James 4:7
  • "For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world." 1 John 2:16
  • "And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit." Galatians 5:24-25
  • "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness." James 1:2-3
  • "For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1
  • "No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it."1 Corinthians 10:13
  • "Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." 1 Peter 5:8
  • "Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death." James 1:12-15
  • "For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world." 1 John 2:16
  • "Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
  • “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” Titus 2:11-14


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      Mayz 4 years ago from Phoenix

      Hello midget38, Your very welcome, It is my joy to share this hub. Thank you so much for your comment. Truly appreciate your time of reading it. And I'm so pleased you found it compassionate that would help to guide us in our lives. Again thank you.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for this!!! I think we can all afford to put these compassionate tips in place to guide our lives. Thanks for sharing on the Community Page!

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      Mayz 4 years ago from Phoenix

      Hello Efficient Admin, Thats a Great achievement and life changing decision you made. That must be a cool hub you sharing your deepest experience of quitting tobacco. I'm so happy for you the holy spirit's conviction helps you to quit very impressive. Thank you so much for reading and commenting here.Truly Appreciate your time. God is amazing! God Bless You.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I thank God quite often that He delivered me from the addiction of tobacco. I wrote a hub on it. It took me 10 years to quit but it finally happened and I am very thankful to be rid of that awful habit!

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      Mayz 4 years ago from Phoenix

      Hello Elisha, Happy to know that I inspire you of my writing and response here.. I hope you also share this to others to make them inspire with the Love of God.

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      Elisha-china 4 years ago

      ur comments are really awesome!i like ur lifestyle so much!i find myself i'm ur fan now~love lord's words and his teachings!make every efforts to reach the goa!l!that's Suppose driven life

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      Mayz 4 years ago from Phoenix

      Healthyannie, i think you did not get my christian point anyways everyone is entittled on thier own views however if you think God is like an addiction, as christian we should be and I can't see nothing bad of being In love in God. Thank you for your comment.

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      Healthyannie 4 years ago from Spain

      It sounds like God can also qualify as an addiction . . . just like a drug.

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      Mayz 4 years ago from Phoenix

      Hello Healthyannie, thank you for this nice question, though my hub did not specify a broad explanation about addiction still I would like to share. Most people are familiar with physical addiction – the progressive condition whereby the human body becomes physically dependent upon a drug in order to function properly – psychological addiction is less well-known. Psychological addiction is an enslavement of the mind, often characterized by obsessive tendencies and a lack of desire to quit. While physical addiction brings the body into subjection, psychological addiction brings the will into submission. Users tend to say things like, “I could quit if I wanted to, but I just don’t want to.” This attitude tends to ensure a long-term pattern of drug use whereby users become devotees in defiance of a very poignant biblical principle. The fact is, no one can wholeheartedly serve two masters (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13). Any time spent kneeling before the god of drugs is time spent with your back towards the God of the Bible.

      Being a christian view, addiction is “to occupy (oneself) with or involve (oneself) in something habitually or compulsively.” This speaks of an unnatural for the Christian, at least obsession with anything other than God: sports, work, shopping and/or acquiring “stuff,” even family or children. We are to “love the Lord, your God, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6:5), which is, according to Jesus, the first and greatest commandment (Matthew 22:37-38). We can conclude, then, that an addiction to anything other than God Himself is wrong. God is the only thing we can (and should) occupy ourselves with habitually. To do so with anything else draws us away from Him and displeases Him. He alone is worthy of our complete attention, love, and service. To offer these things to anything or anyone else is idolatry.

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      Healthyannie 4 years ago from Spain

      Would you please explain to me how God can help with the physical basis of drug addiction?

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