Ridding ourselves of the need for our addictions is a move toward better mental health. Mental un-health presents itself in many ways, addiction is just one of them. Although we are. . .
Our addictions represent an attempt at healing ourselves. Addictions, even when complicated by physiological dependence, are not simply a reaction to the drugs or behaviors that represent them. Our addictions manifest themselves as an attempt. . .
Addictions almost work. A combination of the substance or behavior that forms the addiction, and the underlying phenomenological experience of addiction itself, form to create a framework that almost fulfills. . .
Addictions present an important opportunity. Obviously, when we are painfully locked within the acute bonds of addiction, it may seem that there could be nothing positive offered by such rigid confinement, but it is an opportunity. . .
Our lives are finite. The time that you take to read these very words are moments that you will never get back. So it is important that we choose, very consciously, how we spend our time. When we are locked within addictive patterns. . .
Recovery is a choice. The patterns that evolve into our addictions, however, usually happen by default. Addictive patterns don’t usually establish themselves through a conscious process. . .
In both active addition and in recovery, it is the little things that cumulatively make the biggest difference. When we are participating in actively addictive patterns, it is the slow breakdown of healthy, esteem-enhancing behaviors that create. . .
At the root of addictions lie the desire to be soothed. This fact underlies a complimentary motivation to avoid feelings of anxiety or boredom. Addictions are. . .
Recovery means learning to experience the full landscape of feelings and emotions that life so magnificently provides us. Our addictions, however, represent a misguided and often desperate attempt to . . .
Addictions arise for many specific reasons, but fundamentally as an avoidance reaction to various forms of underlying fear. Our addictions act as a promise, a promise that if we can only . . .