This week on the podcast we had guest Chris Hill, who is an author, trainer, and survivor of the addiction journey. His addictions started when he smoked his first cigarette at seven. They continued to the point where Chris was taking crack cocaine and heroin 20 years later. The problem was he just couldn’t see a way out. That was until he developed what he calls the ‘self-talk’ techniques to kick his addictions. He now teaches the techniques to others on their journey and has written a 7-day beat addiction plan.
”When you get rid of one drug the other drug becomes the problemChris Hill
On the podcast, Chris speaks about the problem of having an addictive personality and how it is common to have multiple addictions at once. This means when you get rid of one, you transfer the addiction to something else and that becomes the crutch. For example, when Chris got rid of cocaine the alcohol became the problem which meant he was drunk all the time. By holding on to the pleasure the alcohol gave him he jeopardized and destroyed relationships, he lost money, self-esteem, courage, and confidence.
”I was suffering from mental issues because of the actions I was taking.Chris Hill
So he teaches people to go back into the mind and retrain it by using simple self-talk techniques, opening a dialogue between wanting a drug and concisely making that decision against it. Chris suggests that this process can take between one and two weeks, then your mind will start to support you in not doing the drug.
”Through my self-talk techniques, I actually retrained my mind to stop using the drugs I was using.Chris Hill