It Worked For Me…DOSE

Aug 19, 2009 by

Simple. Profound. Powerful.

That is, when you choose to use it.

I would be stuck in my stupidity…er, I mean that I would be making my latest attempt to feel better when I would suddenly realize that I’m actually feeling worse. I would be sitting at my machine of the moment and I would experience a brief moment of clarity when I could see that I was losing too much money and that I was hungry and had to go to the bathroom.

When you’re stuck in your stuff it’s hard to pry yourself away from it. I had to figure out a way to get my mind off of it.

Tips to Overcome Habits and Addictions

One of the most important steps I used to overcome my gambling addiction was to take my DOSE. DO Something Else.

When my chance at change came with my moment of clarity I usually would remember that being hostage to the stupid machine sucked. I cashed out my money (if I was lucky enough to have any left), got up and left the casino. Just doing that helped clear my mind and made me feel better. The next step depended on the situation, but I would usually go for a walk or go home to sleep. Whatever it was that would lighten my mood and help me feel even better.

What can you do differently? Stop mid-bite. Throw the bag of chips away. Don’t return the email from your affair. Turn off the computer. Something for you came to mind, right? Now that you have some new ideas you can choose to do something else. Celebrate your success!

What is your DOSE? How has it helped you?
Please share your comments below.

P.S. This tip can also be found in my book Numb No More along with more helpful solutions.

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  1. I’ve always enjoyed running my brains out, til dehydrated and exhausted — really gets your mind off other things

    • janecares

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. I’ve always thought about running but walking seems to be more my speed. lol I hope you will come back and share more of your story with us.

  2. beyondtheendoftheroad

    I have found that DOSE can be anything, given the moment, as long it is positive. Given enough time alone left with my own thoughts and feelings I can convince myself that almost anything is a good idea. I usually make a call or read recovery orienated literature.
    Thanks for your post.

    • janecares

      Lol. Those are excellent points you bring up. Yep, I could convince myself that the last $100 was going to win me $1000. I had to keep my focus on the positive. I found that it was more effective to plan an “escape route” before I even started playing. That way it would be easier to stay positive.

      Thanks for taking the time to share.

  3. Great advice Kim & Jane! I love your positive, supportive attitude. Celebrating successes – even small ones – leads to bigger ones. Your approach is appealing and effective…keep sharing your wisdom, it WORKS like a charm! I’m so happy your book is now available to everyone :-)

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