stopping the use is not relinquishing the ability, The way I took this anyway, was is there anyway to magickally relinquish an ability, like a ritual of some sort to make the ability to go away, and yes, if you do it that way, it is painful. I've had to do it, but only as a punishment. It is something that I never want to have to do again. It is ugly and unwelcoming magick.
If you simply stop using the ability (isn't always an option, I know I'm an empath....) it will still be dormant inside you.