Man Holding a Rocks Glass
Man Holding a Rocks Glass

We usually think that the word addiction is exclusive to drug users like a holux and that this concept is irrelevant to us therefore it doesn’t concern us, the concept of addiction is defined by the fact of being physically and psychologically craving a substance or a habit, Does it ring any bells? We all struggle against activities that don’t produce real happiness just as some pleasure addictions affect all of us and if you’re honest with yourself you need to recognize your addictions and then face them

There are two types of addiction; addiction to a substance or addiction to an activity, Let’s take a look at the top five addictions in the US; coffee, gambling, shopping, internet and junk food. To be clear these things in moderation are acceptable, the problem is to rely on them to feel instant satisfaction, that means to drink coffee when you feel tired or to eat junk food when you’re anxious or to go shopping to feel happy is when it’s an addiction. Another efficient way to know that you’re addicted to something is to stop doing something for a week, for example if you think you can be addicted to TV, try to stop watching TV shows and movies for a whole week and after that if you experience cravings it means that you are addicted to TV. Many people decide to ignore their addictions building a life that revolves around those activities or substances for example, you get home from work and then you go straight to your computer or your TV and then when people ask you how is your workout going you justify yourself saying that you don’t have any time. Living an addiction is an extremely difficult task……first of all you have to believe that the quality of your life can be improved and can be transformed in a very positive way if you remove your addiction to begin with. There are two main ways in which you can create a healthy environment for yourself;

  • Surround yourself with love: your family and friends can help you build a solid social structure where you can talk about how to improve, they will support you on this difficult path. On the other hand stay away from toxic people who only want you for their own interest.
  • Invest imagination and effort to adopt new and healthier habits: if your addiction is eating junk food, learn to cook and make healthier meals for you, if you love watching Netflix all afternoon….spend that time learning how to play a musical instrument, if you spend two hours a day on Instagram, study painting and learn how to express yourself with a paintbrush, if you really want to have a life with more enriching experiences you have to discard the empty activities that more society throws at you.

The reality is that although these methods can help you a lot, at the end they are only covers of the problem, addictions do not reside in the outter parts, they are deeply rooted in the depths of your mind therefore the fundamental solution can be found outside. You’re going to have to fix the problem from the inside, The truth is that the process of overcoming addictions is extremely difficult….when you want to overcome something that gives you so much “pleasure”… it will be very exhausting to you because it is a battle between your awareness and your mind / body. Check for Part 2.

Man Holding a Rocks Glass

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