A Conscientious Approach
Addiction acts very much like a disease. Habitual use of substances grabs the brain and holds it ransom against the substances which have become integral to daily living. People begin to believe they cannot live without substance A or activity B.
It’s important to remember that anyone is susceptible to addiction, and anyone can break an addiction. The key is a concentrated effort of will. But this is very difficult in a world that encourages addiction at practically every level. From the time we’re children, we’re fed a steady diet of desire and excess.
If you really want to see how true this is, just watch a commercial on Cartoon Network for some children’s toy or sugar snack. These play on childish desire, and are more responsible for supermarket hissy fits than many advertisers would readily admit.
What happens from here is that parents who “give in” subconsciously train their child, in a sort of Pavlovian way, to always pursue that “next fix”. See, the toys and snacks as advertised on the commercial are never so satisfying as they seem to be; that’s not reality. At some level we all know this, and at some level we continue to pursue that which doesn’t exist—and never has, corporeally.
When that behavior continues to modify action into adulthood, eventually toys and fruit snacks just don’t cut it. Hormones and sexual desire mingle with life’s difficulties. Throw in a dash of experimentation, and the miracle is that more people aren’t captured by some debilitation addiction. For this reason, breaking the yoke of addictive behaviro requires a direct, concerted effort.
Methods of Transcending Addiction
When taking a conscientious approach, it is very important to break the addictive cycle, and keep that cycle broken as perpetually as possible. Moderation is possible in all things, but for those who have given their lives to addiction, moderation has been rebuffed and replaced with necessity<
When we teach our brain to function under the influence of an addictive substance, it eventually becomes kind of like food to our mind. The pathways of the brain are re-written to correspond with addiction, and so require “rewiring”. This takes at the very least three weeks; sometimes years.
The key is training the mind not to need the substances or activities which were previously central to it. This means you have to have a personal paradigm shift that considers the addiction under a new light. This can take more or less time, depending on the person.
According to Tucson Transition Living, “…rehabilitation is just the beginning of a life-long journey that starts with sobriety and ultimately becomes a life that is full of promise and free from substances.” No substance should control you. You should be the ultimate arbiter over that you choose to use, or not use.
Believe it or not, you can become addicted to a television show, coffee, a certain way of waking up, or even your favorite method of brunch. While some addictions seem innocuous enough, watch what happens when granny doesn’t get her crumpets. The whole day is ruined! In order to control this addictive behavior, at any level, you may need exterior help.
Going the rehabilitative route may require the assistance of others. It may require a sober living facility where those who likewise are working to transcend addiction are there to support you, and you them. Under the leadership of experienced personnel who understand the psychology and difficulties involved, recovery becomes much more likely.
You don’t have to let some habit or substance be the mitigating factor in your life. You can transcend addiction; all it really takes is personal resolution, and time.