Addiction is just as restrictive as any man-made prison or religious concept of hell. We all have our own addictions; i.e. nicotine, alcohol, control, retreat, food, shopping, I could list hundreds.
What causes us to get addicted to a substance or behavior? Simple. At some or several points in our life, we felt the need to develop a coping mechanism. From the need to cope, we fell into patterns of behavior that quickly became an addiction.
My personal addiction is food. I built up habits that allowed me to control what I ate when I couldn’t control my life. However, finding comfort in food meant that I eventually became unhealthy and overweight.
How do we get out of those behavior patterns? Not so easy as determining how we became addicted in the first place, BUT there is light at the end of the tunnel. Addictions can be overcome. To do this, specific tools are needed.
First, SUPPORT is key to overcoming any addiction. Even food addictions. Knowing you are not alone, not in the battle by yourself, is a big shot in the arm when trying to break any addiction.
But like any warrior, you need tools.
The ability to build better coping habits,
Recognizing the basis or fears that caused our addictions in the first place,
these are our basic tools.
Before you can really use these tools though, you have to know what you are using them against. So what are your deepest fears? What is it you are trying to hide from via your addiction?