The Chain Method

The Chain Method 

"If you don't wish to be a hot-head, don't feed your habit. Try as a first step to remain calm and count the days you haven't been angry. I used to be angry every day, now every other day, then every third or fourth... if you make it as far as 30 days, thank God! For habit is first weakened and then obliterated. When you can say 'I didn't lose my temper today, or the next day, or for three or four months, but kept my cool under provocation,' you will know you are in better health."

 -Epictetus, Discourses,  2.18.11b-14


Different studies show that it takes somewhere between 3 to 6 weeks to break a habit, or oppositely, to develop a new one.  Sober living is the perfect place to work on breaking and building new habits. In a sense, this is what the 12-steps of Alcoholics Anonymous is all about. Developing new coping skills to deal with daily struggles; mindfulness as simple as pausing when agitated or doubtful. 

Its about building day upon day "one day at a time" just like anything else until the habit becomes second nature.  "Build a chain and then work not to break it. Don't ruin your streak". 

- Zach Rakusin


-Quotes from this Article come from "The Daily Stoic" by Ryan Holiday.