The tyrannical reign of addiction takes many forms. Addiction, remember, is fundamentally a pattern employed to erase the need to feel the pressure created by experiencing the present moment. . .
It is important to remember, especially during those desperate days when recovery seems simultaneously imperative and impossible, that we are always potentially close to it Our . . .
Change is often difficult, and stopping addictive patterns is arguably one of the most difficult changes to make. One of the most common ways to avoid making changes is to. . .
Addictions can often seem nonsensical. Especially to the observer, addictions seem like nothing more than obviously destructive behaviors that anyone would want to stop. But if we. . .
One quality behind most substances or behaviors used addictively is that they create feelings of transcendence. Transcendence is that wonderful sense that one is elevated beyond. . .
Addictions allow us to rewrite reality. For a while. But over time, this revision begins to lose traction as the destructive components of the addiction experience inevitably increase. If we. . .
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. . .