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Need to use whatever the substance
of habit is regularly
Feeling like you can’t function without the substance or habit
Needing to use more and more to get the same feeling
Continuing to use the substance or habit even though you know it’s causing issues in your life
Which Means That…
Your life can start to revolve around the substance or
habit. Is it time for a smoke break?
You can’t relax or feel energized without it.
You relationship with it becomes more important than your actual relationships.
It becomes a bit part of who you are and how you think about yourself and your day.
Energy and time goes into the habit that could be used toward accomplishing the things you actually want to do.
As a result, you’re not accomplishing your goals and dreams.
What is Addiction Really?
Addiction is needing a substance or habit in order to feel good (cravings).
Chances are you’re using addiction to avoid feeling past pain (trauma) or current dissatisfaction with your life.
How Can You Work with Cravings?
You can use mindfulness to work through cravings without giving into them.
1. When you feel that craving, ask yourself: Where do I feel this craving in my body?
And maybe you feel it in your belly, or maybe you feel it in your chest, or maybe you feel it in your left big toe.
It could be anywhere.
2. Breathe and keep your attention on that sensation.
As you keep your attention on it the sensation will usually change or it’ll move.
Continue to keep your attention on it.
What will happen is the urge will pass as you continue to stay present with that sensation in your body.
How to Treat Addiction Causes: Trauma
One of the primary causes of addiction is unresolved past pain.
That past pain is trauma stuck in your system.
Release the stuck past pain from your system.
If you can do that, then you won’t need that substance or have it as much in order to cope.
How to Treat Addiction Causes: Dissatisfaction with Your Life
Dissatisfaction with your life now means that there’s are certain need or needs that are going unmet.
That could be a need for connection,relaxation, excitement, joy or something else.
Right now, you’re using the addiction to meet this ongoing unmet need.
Instead, find other ways to meet that need.
For example, if you’re using weed to relax, instead try yoga, breathwork, meditation, or strenuous exercise as alternative ways to meet your need for relaxation.
Recovery with Supplements
Addiction replaces the chemicals in your brain.
They teach your brain that it doesn’t have to create those chemicals.
Supplements like amino acids or other nutrients can give your brain the building blocks to produce the chemicals it needs to feel good.
In this way, you can retrain our brain to create those chemicals itself.