A number of people have successfully used “I Don’t!” to overcome their specific addiction. These stories are being shared with you to help you see what results you can achieve as well.

You can see that there is a range of different types of addictions and “I don’t!” can help address them all. We would like you to share with us your experience and if you are willing to let others hear your story.

“I was addicted to pornography for 20 + years and through working with a Spirit-led counsellor and by God’s grace, I am now free. I don’t look at porn and I am not attracted to porn, so I can honestly say, I don’t look at porn. I don’t! I am free. Hallelujah! I don’t! I really don’t!

David MacRae

Dr. Lynn Bufka, Associate Executive Director for practice research and policy at The American Psychological Association

Dr. Lynn Bufka was quoted in the New York Times editorial on Jan 15th, 2022, "This is the key to success. Instead of saying, "I would like to drink less alcohol," pretend that you simply do not live in the city of "I Drink Wine Every Day" anymore. Your new home is "I Don't Drink Ever." Now that you live here it does not make sense to have bottles of wine or liquor in your house, nor do you go out to bars on a regular basis because that is simply not what we do here. Once the behavior becomes routine (through repetition) we are more likely to do it. A lot of what we do is habitual - we repeat automatically whatever it is we usually do with little active decision making." In other words, the more we repeat I don't drink ever... the easier it becomes to not drink because the new thought and behavior becomes automatic.

Cole Briggs

Personally my struggles were overpowering me. I took it one step at a time. I practiced in my mind, over and over, using "I don't!" related to my negative thoughts. Now, I am able to live in my positive words, and it has helped me to grow in self-esteem and self-confidence. I don't do negative thinking now. I don't! , Thunder Bay, Ontario


As a performer for over 25 years, I have gradually felt some stage anxiety and general worry creeping in, sometimes to the point of panic. I needed a script in my head. I needed words that I could say to myself to stifle the noise. "I Don't!" has worked very well for me. "I Don't do fear. I don't do stage fright!" "I....Don't!" Thank you Alf Davis. , Burlington, Ontario

I DON”T worked for me…. I was snacking on ice cream every night which was not good for my health….too much sugar with negative weight impacts. I internalized the phrase “I don’t eat ice cream!” with great success. I no longer eat ice cream except on special occasions and when I am at the grocery store, I walk by the ice cream freezers with no wishful thinking. 

Jim Griffiths


I have never and I will never do hard drugs. So, I can say, “I don’t do hard drugs. I don’t!”

Matt Davis

Concord, California

After I left the Foreign Service, where we drank a lot as part of the job, I stopped drinking hard alcohol and today I don’t drink. I don’t. I find that water is the best drink in the world.

Alf Davis

Bracebridge. Ontario

“I smoked cigarettes for 8 or 9 years and three weeks ago I stopped. I said, “I don’t want to do this anymore.” When the urge to smoke came up I said, “I don’t smoke anymore.” It helped me get over it and now I do not smoke. I am free!”

Brandon Chynoweth

Gabor Mate MD

In his book "In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts" Gabor Mate says, "The role of the cortex, the brain's executive part, is more to inhibit than to initiate. Impulses to act are generated in lower brain systems, but the job of the cortex is to censor some and permit others. It's not a matter of free will but of "free won't."He also says "Commitment is sticking with something not because "it works" or because I enjoy it, but because I have an intention that overrides momentary feelings or opinions. " He reframes an old saying, "The road to hell is not paved with good intentions. It is paved with lack of intention." You don't have to feel or believe it is working for you: you just have to do it. I don't is the expression of the "free won't" and a repetitive commitment to I don't! will help override the addictive feeling.

Jodi Lang

I was comparing my work ethic to others and then telling them to change. I don't do that any more and I find that stopping myself as soon as I compare helps. I don't helps me avoid conflicts at work. Also, I use I don't to stay away from my ex-boyfriend. I don't message him. I don't communicate with him. I don't take his calls. Maybe others can also use I don't when they are breaking up with someone. I don't do my ex. I don't