How to Overcome Caffeine Addiction

Caffeine is a drug. It is a stimulant and it is a highly addictive substance. If you're tired of having an addiction, read on.


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    Believe & understand that it is possible to overcome your addiction.
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    Accept that the process will take as much time as it takes and that it will be excruciatingly painful. Withdrawal symptoms may include migraine headaches, nausea, restlessness, sleepiness, irritability, etc.
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    Calculate how much money you spend a year on coffee, tea, cola or other caffeine-containing products and think of something that you would rather spend that money on. Spending $2.74 per day will cost you $1,000 per year!
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    Read as much anti-caffeine literature you can find that explains about all the sort of bad things that caffeine does to your body.
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    Increase your consumption of water. This is especially important during the first few days as your body is adjusting. Caffeine is a diuretic which can cause people to lose fluid. The effects are mild for people who consume caffeine in moderation but for those that are addicted or for those that drink mostly energy drinks, the effects can be much worse. Too much caffeine along with not enough water intake can easily lead to dehydration which causes numerous health issues. This makes sense considering the human body is approximately 75% water.
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    Keep your "security blanket" close. You will need all the help you can get. Think in advance when your weakest moments are likely to be (i.e. in the morning, when you're driving by your favorite cafe, etc.) and turn to your "security blanket" to get you through these times. A security blanket is anything that comforts you and helps you take your mind off of caffeine, it could be a stuffed toy, a pocket video game, calling your best friend, doing a crossword puzzle. You can have as many security blankets as you need, just make sure you always have one close at hand.
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    Allow lots of time for rest and recuperation. Keep your calendar empty for at least the first three weeks after giving up caffeine and give your body all the rest and healthy fresh fruits and vegetables that you can.
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    At the moment you vow to yourself that you will give up caffeine forever grab a piece of paper and write the date and time. Post it somewhere where you will see it every day. If you ever break your vow tear it down and throw it away. Then make a new vow and put up a new piece of paper. Keep doing this until you succeed.


  • If you want to give up caffeine completely, avoid coffee, espresso, black tea, green tea, chocolate, cola, and all caffeine-containing products.
  • Try to gradually substitute coffee with something like green tea or water.


  • Many over-the-counter medications contain caffeine. Read the label to be sure.

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