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I'm in consensus with your thoughts on the results of this study. As a recovering addict with 30 years around the rooms of Narcotics/Alcoholics Anonymous, I agree that when taking away one "habit" there's an absolute need for replacing it with a different, positive habit in order for success. An alcoholic may have the ability to stop drinking for a period of time and can "white knuckle" their way through each day without alcohol, but the chances of them being successful in recovery for any extended period of time are highly unlikely. If, on the other hand, you take the same person and give them positive replacement behaviors (going to NA/AA mtgs regularly, having a sponsor, speaking with fellow addicts, journaling, doing "step work", volunteering, etc.) they have a much better chance at successful recovery, which includes feelings of joy, accomplishment & personal growth.
A person trying to quit smoking cigarettes has a better chance of success if they use chewing gum, nicotine patches, fidget spinners, or biofeedback as a means to busy their minds & hands then one who stops "cold turkey" without some form of positive replacement therapy in place. Being around like minded individuals who are going through similar trials & tribulations leads to feelings of fellowship, relatability, inclusivity. It gives a person a sense of hope to know others have endured similar situations yet they came out on the other side of things stronger and more resilient When you surround yourself with like minded people who want the very best for one another you find that sense of belonging which in turn leads to hopefullness, positivity & happiness.
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