Imagine the scene. It is early evening. It is winter and has been snowing during the day and there is a lot of ice on the roads underneath the snow. You are in France, and for some reason you need to get across the Alps urgently.
You are presented with two choices:
You could go to the nearest local airport that has machines clearing runways and de-icing planes and is still running flight schedules. You could safely take a flight over the Alps.
There is a bus service across the Alps. The evening bus would be driven by an Italian bus-driver who has spent all day in the pub celebrating the birth of his first-born child. You could take the bus.
For reasons that nobody really understands you decide to take the bus. It travels up the first mountain and at the first major bend in the road, the bus slides across the road and through the crash barrier and hurtles down into the ravine below. As you are falling, you say to yourself: "Should have gone on the plane!"
Should Have Gone On The Plane
The point is that sometimes as soon as we take one course of action, it is inevitable that some other course of action will take place. It may be that as soon as I drive down that road I know I will always stop at the betting shop. It may be that as soon as I go into that place I know I will always buy whatever it is I am addicted to. It may be that as soon as I know there are biscuits in the cupboard I know I will inevitably eat the whole packet.
Therefore an important step in helping overcome an addiction is to radically change behaviour BEFORE the problem behaviour happens. Change the roads you drive down, the places you visit, the social occasions that lead to the problems, the items you have in your house. Talk to someone to help you plan your behaviour change.
Get on the plane! Walk away from the bus!
What do you think?