Addictions represent an established pattern. Of course they aren’t simple benign patterns, they are patterns that have become deeply established through a combination of. . .
There is much discussion within the addiction sphere about the role of the brain. For some, it sufficiently explains the mechanics of dependency and addiction. For others, it represents. . .
Our addictions enslave us. The discomfort stemming from our addictions is multifaceted, but much of it is derived from the suffocating rigidity that it creates. Although our addictions. . .
Reality is more a subjective projection of the mind unique to each person than it is an objective experience produced by the material world. This is the only reason that addictions work. . .
In so many ways, our addictions stand as an antidote for boredom. Whether it’s the time spent pursuing them, or the emotional state they create, our addictions allow us. . .
If addiction is a form of control over our emotional experience of life, then recovery must be about learning to let go. Our addictions seem to promise. . .
We are not in control. While we may be able to influence the course of our lives, while we may be able to develop the skills to respond to unexpected circumstances. . .
Our addictions serve as important distractions. Almost everything about the process of addiction creates a distraction from underlying aspects of our emotional experience. The more. . .
Among other things, our addictions brought us a personal retreat. At extremes, even when faced with the gut-wrenching reality of living hand-to-mouth homeless, we. . .
It’s an ever-changing world. Often, though, the changes are gradual enough that it provides us the illusion that it stays the way we want it to—that life is predictable. . .