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Is Everyone Addicted?

Addictions can be challenging to release. One of the reasons is that they produce positive feelings while masking discomfort. In addition, addictions produce withdrawal symptoms that make the habit hard to drop, in spite of the havoc it creates.  Letís look more at how addictions manifest and how to better fill the empty gap they try to bridge.

ADDICTIONS ARE WIDESPREAD 

Here are some telling statistics: 

* In 2002, 22 million Americans were classified with abuse or dependence on alcohol, illicit drugs or both. 71.5 million Americans reported use of a tobacco habit, which makes up 30% of the population age 12 or older. 

*Over 60% of American adults in their 30ís are overweight, and more than 25% are obeseótwice the rate of the early 1960ís.

Some addictions can be subtle such as Internet surfing, playing video/computer games, or overexercising. If you add gambling, shopping, workaholism and other compulsive habits, how many people arenít addicted?  

An addiction can also be defined as using a substance or behavior, even when confronted with its negative consequences. Itís easy to deny having destructive habits, which allows the cycle to continue. Of course, the ego might have us think that since so many others are addicted, then why not me?

The soulís perspective is very different, as it can guide one in a non-judgmental way to positive alternatives to addictive behavior.

 

BREAKING THE CYCLE  

Using energy techniques is a good way to release one from the grips of addictive patterns. EFT and Spiritual Kinesiology help you to feel and express areas that have been repressed. In the process, you develop a new understanding of yourself. 

As you address these areas of imbalance, itís easier to take responsibility for your thoughts and feelings, which promotes alternative choices and healthy habits.   If an addictive habit returns, itís good to forgive yourself, and then just pick yourself upónot beat yourself up-- and forge ahead.

The goal is to replace addictive patterns with feelings of wholeness and love. Change might include developing different healthier habits, like drinking water instead of soda.  As a note, with serious substance abuse, professional help may be needed. 

GOAL SETTING 

It helps to write down goals and make an action plan. Write down what you want to change and how you will replace the addictive pattern with a healthier alternative.

For example, ďInstead of ordering a double latte, I will order____ [state an alternative like green tea].Ē Set realistic, short-term goals: what you plan to do this week and month. Also set a long-term goal of where you want to be next year.

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