Addictions can be many things, but I tend to see them as coping mechanisms. Most of us can see people becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol, but you can become addicted to almost anything that numbs you from an experience.
Growing up I knew that a lot of adults in our family had battled an addiction with alcohol so I knew that I should stay clear. Plus, I didn’t care for the feeling of being drunk. I grew up in the 80’s when the “Just Say No” campaign was in full swing, so I didn’t try drugs. My maternal grandfather was diagnosed with emphysema, so I had no desire to even smoke. So, what is my addiction of choice, do you say? I have a sugar addiction. I use sugar to numb the pain of life. I have used it to boost my energy levels or just get through the day. The issue with this type of addiction is that sugar is in almost every food that we eat. I have no desire at this stage in my life to make everything from scratch, I have to learn to work around it. Some days are better than others.
Think about it. I’m sure that you can tell me one thing that you’re addicted to. It may be coffee. And why do you drink coffee every day? It gives you the energy you need to make it through the day.
When we aren’t carrying around our past baggage, our energy levels naturally increase, and we can make it through the day without our vice of choice. The addition may even naturally disappear. But, if the addiction re-presents itself, your energy levels have most likely dropped. The drop in energy levels can mean that you’re avoiding something. The only way to truly change your life is to experience the pain. When sugar comes back into my life, I know that I’m avoiding something. It doesn’t necessarily make it easier to tackle, but it’s time to start peeling away the layers and begin the feeling process.
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