In Tommy Rosen's book "Recovery 2.0", he describes addiction as "any behavior you continue to do despite the fact that it brings negative consequences into your life". Here are 3 techniques you can do for 3 minutes that are great for stopping an impulse in its tracks.
For myself, not engaging in an addictive pattern is a two-step process. First, I have to be mindful enough to put some space between my thought (I WANT THAT) and my action. In that space, maybe there's a moment of clarity when I can decide if what I want is actually going to be what's best for me. My morning meditation trains me to be present enough to ask myself these questions instead of immediately giving into the impulse.
But then what? What do you do instead of reaching for that drink, cigarette, sugar etc....? Here are some techniques that might help. In this video, I demonstrate left nostril breathing, meditation for addiction and a meditation for stillness. You can pick one, set the timer on your phone for 3 minutes and give it a shot. Try all 3 at different times and see what works best for you. Please keep me posted.