Mar 242016
 

images-6There are many challenges in life:  mental, physical, sexual, and spiritual. Addictions are extremes!  All extremes in life are dangerous, we are meant to go by the “middle way” – the balanced way.  Consumption of too much food and there is obesity and the consumption of too little food and there is anorexia.  Both ends of the spectrum leads to obsessions or addictions.  We are in this life to heal others and to heal ourselves.

paula.

A shot to kill the pain.

A pill to drain the shame.

A purge to end the gain,

A cut to break the vein,

A smoke to ease the crave,

A drink to win the game.

An addiction is an addiction

Because it hurts the same.

(unknown author).

 

FACT:  “No one is immune from addiction; it afflicts people of all ages, races, classes and professions.” (Patrick J. Kennedy).

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–Addiction is about using drugs, it is ALSO all about what the drug does to your life.  (author unknown).

 

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Problems: Addiction?  “Talking about our problems can be an addiction.  Break the habit. Talk about your joys. (Anon).

Food Addiction:

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“From food addiction to food serenity – freedom tastes great!” (Anon).

Certainly, people suffering from eating disorders and food addiction can also be obese, but their primary condition is not obesity. In their cases, obesity is just another symptom of their emotional disturbance or their food addiction. The underlying emotional trauma that drives the bulimic to stuff himself needs to be addressed first before the physical aspects of obesity can be seriously addressed; likewise, the sugar that is propelling the addictive overeater needs to be removed first before tackling any weight issues.” – and-

“Today I say am an addict. A respectable addict, of course. Not like the desperate addicts who have cashed in their mortgage… After all, my drug is cheap, the cheapest of all drugs, and therefore the most pernicious… And my drug is everywhere I look: in the drive-through gas station’s convenience store, in the supermarket, on the lusciously displayed menu of an exclusive restaurant.”  (Vera Tarman).

(Vera Tarman: Food Junkies)

Unknown-5Power as an Addiction (in sex, in life)


“Power is the strongest drug we can feed on.  Power over the self is strengthening.  The need for power over others is an addiction that can’t be sated.” (Anon).

—Recovery: images-2

“When we are true to ourselves, all that is toxic and burdensome simply falls away” (Dina Hansen, Stop Eating Your Stress).

Acceptance is outcomes without attachments – guilt, shame, remorse, self pity, resentment, fear, anger, etc. These are the tools of the disease of addiction.  To main Recovery, one must maintain a state of Acceptance.

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“But I’m not a saint yet. I’m an alcoholic. I’m a drug addict. I’m homosexual. I’m a genius.” (Truman Capote: “Music for Chameleons.”

Recovery: Some things just couldn’t be protectd from storms. Some things simply needed to be broken off…Once old thing were broken off, amazingly beautiful thing could grow in their place.” (Denise Hildreth Jones).

 

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“Alcohol ruined me financially and morally, broke my heart and the hearts of too many others. Even though it did this to me and it almost killed me and I haven’t touched a drop of it in seventeen years, sometimes I wonder if I could get away with drinking some now. I totally subscribe to the notion that alcoholism is a mental illness because thinking like that is clearly insane.”

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–“I knew that I had been partially right in the storeroom above the bar on Christmas Day. I had become had to die.”  (Craig Ferguson, “American on Purpose.”

Understanding:

“The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.”  (Russell Brand).

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Alcohol:

“When you quit drinking you stop waiting.”  (Caroline Knapp, Drinking: A Love Story).

“Whether I or anyone else accepted the concept of alcoholism as a disease didn’t matter; what mattered was that when treated as a disease, those who suffered from it were most likely to recover.”

–“I found the prospect daunting, but somehow comforting, too, because the counselors insisted it could be done, and, after all, many of them were recovering alcoholics themselves.” (Craig Ferguson)

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-Because alcohol is encouraged by our culture, we get the idea that it isn’t dangerous. However, alcohol is the most potent and most toxic of the legal psychoactive drugs. (Beverley A. Potter & Sebastian Orfali, Brain Boosters.

“I found the prospect daunting, but somehow comforting, too, because the counselors insisted it could be done, and, after all, many of them were recovering alcoholics themselves.”  (Craig Ferguson)

The idea that somehow, someday he will control and enjoy his drinking is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker. The persistence of this illusion is astonishing. Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death.  (Alcoholics Anonymous, The Big Book).

Genetics:

“People with family histories of alcoholism tend to have lower levels of endorphins- the endogenous morphine that is responsible for many of our pleasure responses- than do people genetically disinclined to alcoholism. Alcohol will slightly raise the endorphin level of people without the genetic basis for alcoholism; it will dramatically raise the endorphin level of people with that genetic basis.

(Andrew Solomon – “The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression.”

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“Fall in love with you was never my intention, but it became my addiction.” (anon).

Breakups are hard to deal with because the body and mind go through withdrawal – like drug addiction, we have become addicted to love.  (anon)

—-“Sex had nothing to do with feeling good, everything to do with superficialities, and was always accompanied by a masochistic agenda to feel anything but dead inside.”

(Justin Donner, “I Just Woke up Dead: A Memoir).

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Problems: Addiction?  “Talking about our problems can be an addiction.  Break the habit. Talk about your joys. (Anon).

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paula:  Life is precious.  Let us live it fully without carrying the burden of addictions.

 

 

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