Everyone has something that they struggle with in life. An addiction is not only for drug users or alcoholics. Everyone has something they are addicted to.
The dictionary defines addiction as exhibiting a compulsive, chronic, physiological, or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, behavior, activity, or thing.
Your addiction can be anything from, the obvious drugs and alcohol to food, attention, a person, an attitude, work, the gym, a game, an harmful action, or just about anything you can think of.
When you are addicted to something you can not help but indulge in it. That addiction is on your mind 80-95% of the day and even when you give into whatever the addiction is, it will not satisfy the hunger you feel for it inside of you.
Even if you are addicted to something positive, too much of any one thing can be harmful to you because you have lost your balance. And balance is the key to a happy and healthy life.
I personally have struggled with a few addictions myself. The biggest one being food and the next being love.
I used food as a comfort and a sort of protection from the situation I found myself in. I would eat and eat until I was almost 100 pounds overweight.
It got to the point where I couldn't even look at myself in the mirror anymore and the more I tried to not think about food or eating the more I wanted to do it and the more I wanted to eat the worst possible foods you can put in your body.
My second biggest addiction was love. I craved it. I grew up reading and watching all the fairly tale stories of how a man goes to extreme lengths for the love of a particular woman and I tried to translate that into my own life.
The minute I got any kind of attention from a man, I would fall head over heals with the idea of love and what that meant. It wasn't until recently that I discovered that love is beautiful but only when its with the right person. We can deceive ourselves into thinking that the person who is in our lives and seems to care about us is the one who deserves our love and devotion.
Love is not that simple and it takes time and work for both people to make it work and to see the beauty of what love can be. I fell in love with the idea of love which clouded my judgement when it came to the relationships I found myself in.
So how do we step away from our addictions that are hurting our lives? How do we stop doing the thing that is pushing our life off balance and satisfy that hunger and the need to satisfy that hunger?
Replace that addiction with something else. Learn to form new habits in another area of your life that is lacking because of your addiction. I find that so many people try so hard to focus on not doing that thing they are addicted to and end up doing the exact thing they were trying NOT to do! That is because there mind is constantly thinking about that thing they are trying not to do so instead replace that thought with something else to focus on.
Learn a new hobby, make new friends, educate yourself on something new that you have always wanted to learn about, or participate in a new activity that you have always wanted to try.
By focusing your attention somewhere else you are giving your addiction less power over you. This has worked wonders for me in my life. And it isn't always easy and there are times I make mistakes and fall back into the old habits and addictions but everyday I try again to focus on new and exciting things in my life in order to restore the balance in my life.
So try it today. Face the addiction that you know has hindered your life and try something new to focus on.