This story describes the self-driven downward spiral of addiction. It describes the pattern of emotional consequences created by the addiction itself, requiring. . .
At their center, the drives for both active addiction and for successful recovery are the same. In both cases, it is the pursuit of fulfillment and contentment. . .
The path to successful recovery from addiction is necessarily one of change. The process of freeing ourselves from addictive patterns resists itself. . .
Addiction is distraction—be it a powerful psychoactive substance, the thrill of placing a bet, the feeling of wholeness that merging with another seems to promise, or. . .
The process of recovery is necessarily one of change. If we were simply attracted to what is healthiest and best for us, our addictions would not last for long. . .
The process of recovery is necessarily imperfect. Without using this fact to justify missteps, it’s important to remember and honor the imperfect nature. . .
Our addictions arise out of a need for comfort. But it is only parts of our psyche that require this comforting. To borrow the language from today’s quotation, we could call these parts. . .
Today’s quotation is an important reminder that life does not just unfold automatically. It suggests that we work hard to create the general trajectory of. . .
Our addictions are created. While they may not be created deliberately, what may be deliberate is an underlying attempt to regulate our conscious experience. . .
One important root of addiction is the desire for protection. Protection, like addiction, can take many forms. Today’s quotation reminds us. . .