Held Hostage By Your Addictions?
The dictionary defines addiction as the “compulsive physiological and psychological need for a habit-forming substance or situation.”
People are commonly addicted to drugs, alcohol, work, the computer, shopping, sex, gambling, tobacco, eating and spending. Addictions can rob you of your ability to live a normal, happy, healthy and free life as an addict becomes unable to control their use or involvement with the offending behavior.
Some addictions kill; others hold individuals and their families hostage; others rob an individual of all worldly possessions, spiritual connections, and feelings of self-esteem and well being. Just ask any recovering addict about the devastation they felt, along with those around them, because of their behaviors.
Are you held hostage by an addiction? Here are some suggestions:
- Make a list of your negative habits/addictions
- Join a 12-Step program or other support group
- Consult a mental health care professional who specializes in your particular type of addiction
- Replace bad habits (addictions) with good habits (exercise, sports, hobbies, positive friends)
- Avoid the people, places and things you associate with the negative behavior (negative friends, bars, shopping malls, the computer, chat rooms, casinos)
- Learn Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
- Pay attention to your thoughts, don’t give fuel to thoughts about your addiction
- Be patient; just as your addiction didn’t happen overnight, neither will your recovery –perseverance is the key
- Use positive affirmations to re-program your mind
- Keep a journal that documents your progress and helps you with introspection
- Engage in spiritual activities (prayer, meditation, yoga, service to others) to grow your spiritual muscles; these can help keep thoughts of the bad habit at bay
Addictions are never easy to overcome and relapse is common. Just as your descent into addiction took time, so does the long climb out of the “black hole” of addiction.
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