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Addiction – I’m An exponent

download-6I’m an admirer. I can not sweep it by the carpet any longer. It sorta crept-up on me. I figured addiction was only around booze and drugs. How wrong I was.
I’ll allow you into what I’ve found, though. I discovered that I’m not Robinson Crusoe. I’ve realized that humans are addictive by nature. Apparently, in accordance with many of the experts in the field (Richard Rohr’s Breathing Under Water is certainly worth a read), the idea of ‘addiction’ is basically a modern name for what the biblical tradition called ‘sin’ and what was referenced in medieval times as ‘passion’ or ‘attachments’. My surf for answers has led to finding that addiction is probably one of the biggest challenges facing all areas of society.
So, what’s my addiction?
Back when I figured I had become bulletproof, I got to say that addictions came in 2 types-positive and negative. (I feel I even read a novel called Positive Addiction.) I now be aware that I was just half-right. On the other hand, there re two varieties of addiction-behavioural and substance. And they’re similar in two main ways. They’re engaged in due to the fact they provide good feeling and they assist in adapting the world-everyday life as well as all of it’s hassles, challenges, issues, etc.
Behavioural addictions are of one’s non-chemical type, and frequently incorporates a compulsion to repeatedly engage in an action until it causes serious negative consequences towards the person’s physical, mental, social and financial well-being. Gambling, sex, food, viewing of pornography, using computers, playing video games, work, exercise, mobile and smartphone usage, cutting, are only a number of examples that fit this kind. I reckon it’s possible to include, here the ‘soft’ addictions which can include emotional imbalance and moodiness, avoidance, unreliability, and associated behaviours that we’d like to write-off as ‘bad habits’.
Shopping addiction (omniomania) can be an often-sited example of behavioural addiction. Dating back to the early 1800’s, it is often generally thought that shopping addiction occurs when shopping becomes the person’s main solution to handling stress, to a state wherin he/she is continuing to shop excessively (a little over an occasional splurge) even though it can be clearly owning a negative effect on other areas of life. Shortly, finances and relationships are damaged, yet the shopping addict feels unable to stop or even control spending.
Substance addiction can be seen in 2 types-legal and illegal. The primary legal are familiar ones of caffeine (coffee, tea, sports drinks), nicotine (cigars, cigarettes, nicotine patches), alcohol (wine, beer, liquor), and inhalants (paint thinners, hair spray, gases). Some legal substances can be obtained by prescription only-amphetamines (stimulants), sedatives/depressants (Valium), opioids (heroin, morphine, codeine). Familiar, illegal substances include cannabis (marijuana, grass, pot), cocaine (coke, crack), hallucinogens (LSD, ecstasy) and phencyclidine (angel dust).
When stacked-up against these, my addiction seems pretty soft. I’m not a shopaholic. Alcohol and medicines typically are not my scene. My addiction will be to my habitual approaches to doing things, a specifc patterned way of thinking, plus the way I are inclined to process things. Previously, I probably attributed my dependence on my upbringing-parents, teachers, together with other people I normally have keep company with. But what exactly arrives the way of managing my addiction, however, may be that it always seems to be ‘hidden’ and disguised as something else. For the love of odin!
It’s only once I realise that this challenge for myself is usually to refresh the way I operate. I’ve discovered that contemplative practices such as meditation and prayer will help to digest this unhelpful either-or-thinking, dualist thinking but these practices usually contend with what feels like generally being tip of the iceberg.
I’m working at overcoming my addiction in 3 ways.

I hope an emergency around my thoughts and actions can provide the jolt or reality of discomfort essential to change my ways, hopefully for the better.I’m focussing on possessing a purpose which will ensure I continue to have something to look forward to.I’m hoping to desensitize myself to the stimuli that this addiction provides.

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