The propensity to numb ourselves is one of the biggest blocks to our ability to feel whole. Work, television, food, exercise, video games, drugs, alcohol, shopping, gambling, smoking – the list goes on. Our minds have an amazing ability to find something to shut out the world when it’s too much for us to handle. Addiction is what we most commonly use what we don’t want to feel, or when we don’t even know what it is that we need to feel. And thanks to the chemical interactions that addictions have with our bodies and our brain, this desire to numb ourselves isn’t an easy one to get past.
Every single one of us has something (or things) we look to when we need a little, or a lot of, numbing. Because of the severity of drug and alcohol addiction and the detriment it poses to our health, we are often inclined to overlook the less taboo forms of addiction, such as television and overworking. And yet, all addiction is important to look at, as it inhibits our ability to experience wholeness.
At YouAreWhole.com, open discussion about addiction, and the role it plays in our lives is encouraged. Because it is not something we can heal from in one fell swoop, it is important for us to develop a relationship with our addictions, in turn creating space to slowly move away from our need to numb ourselves, moving toward longer and more consistent moments of wholeness. By discussing our addictions, and continually working on ways to let go of the need to numb ourselves, we can support each other in overcoming them.
I will stand by you in your path toward overcoming addiction through the following methods: