Addiction is a repetitive behaviour that ultimately results in harming ourselves and others. It can start out as fun or a mild distraction and we think we have control over it, but it ends up controlling us. We tend to think of addiction as alcoholism, substance abuse, drug dependency or a gambling habit.
What if addiction were anything that we ‘use’ to disconnect ourselves from what we are feeling?
Some of us are so sensitive to the world around us that we choose to dull the horror of what we feel when we read about war, terrorism, corruption, rape and murder. If we are alone dealing with all of these feelings – perhaps our ‘addiction’ is seemingly our only way to deal with it.
If life feels overwhelming or difficult do we reach for our addiction, be it:
- Eating disorders
- Social media
- Gaming or TV
- Emotional outpourings etc., to soothe ourselves and gain relief from life’s stresses?
Here we look at a way to move from addiction to living honestly and feeling everything however painful through learning to make more loving choices, it sounds simplistic but is overwhelmingly powerful and truly healing.