Many of us think of ourselves that we don't have the capacity required to overcome our addiction, when all it takes is a little motivation! Of course, this motivation does not always come in the snap. But there are ways to cultivate it and stay on course.
March 12, 2019
Quitting smoking, getting out of the hellish circle of addiction, requires strong motivation. Indeed, we know the power of the phenomenon of psychological and physical dependence. We also are aware of the functioning of brain biology on pleasure and reward. So, the dependent person must be highly motivated if he or she wants to be free. But what is motivation, and what role does it play in the withdrawal process? Let's discover that together.
According to the French Dico des définitions and from the point of view of psychology and philosophy, motivation refers to « all those things that motivate a person to carry out certain actions and to persist in them until they achieve their objectives. The concept of motivation is also associated to willingness and interest.
In other words, motivation is the willingness to make an effort and achieve the objectives set.
Motivation implies the existence of a necessity, which may be absolute, relative, pleasure or luxury. When a person is motivated to (do) « something », he or she considers that this "something" is necessary or appropriate.
Therefore, motivation is the link that makes us act to meet this need. »
Moreover, Le Dico adds, « There are several reasons that drive motivation: rational, emotional, egocentric, altruistic, attractive or rejecting, among others. »
In the quitting process, to turn fears into courage, real motivation is needed. It is clear that the more motivated you are, the less difficult it will be for you to quit. A person who is not sufficiently motivated will experience more frustration while getting out of his or her addiction. The withdrawal process, although feasible by everyone without exception, can however be very challenging, namely because of discouragement phases and the temptation to abandon.
But don't panic! The more time passes, the less you feel the lack. This is something that we tend to forget too much when the urge for a cigarette arises, and it is a very good reason to hold on and take up the challenge you have set yourself. That is the price to pay to regain your freedom!
We have identified 3 major steps for you to keep motivated and on track.