Addiction is really an exaggerated form of something in all of us that has gone awry.The key is not to shame and judge, but to inspire and heal. Yet for those of us who struggle with addictive behaviors, what we do find is often a life filled with guilt, shame and secrecy.addicted to something

Addictions are at an all time high in our society today. Not only are alcohol and substance abuse more prevalent at a younger age, but eating disorders, sex gaming, and internet addictions are spreading across all ages and walks of life. Gone are the days when the addict was the crackhead on the corner that you avoided. Now more often than not, it is your child, significant other or co-worker.

Today, as the field of mental health is growing, we are becoming more knowledgable of the underlying factors contributing to one’s addictions. No longer is the conversation about nature or nurture, for they both equally apply. More significantly, we are understanding the role of the brain and the body in the addictive processes. We cannot just treat the addiction, without simultaneously looking at the physiological impact on the body. Addiction is really a physical, spiritual, and mental dis-ease and although most experts will agree on this fact, the most prominent and accessible treatment continue to be the 12 step program. Although I believe in the 12 steps in treating the cognitive and mental piece of this illness, it is often not enough.

The addict’s whole being is compromised in early recovery and needs to learn how to contain the overwhelming intense energies often manifested as anxiety and excessive worry. Addicts in general are highly energetic and emotional beings who have an expansive awareness of the chaotic state of our times. Master yoga teacher and healer Guru Singh states: “Awareness of this much calamity and challenge is painful. Addiction is nothing more than a shrinking away from reality”. Although this awareness is a gift, it needs to be contained in early recovery until the person has a foundation in recovery.

I believe what is needed is a holistic approach in treating addictive processes which incorporates the 12 step model, yoga, meditation and depth psychotherapy to serve as a the vessel of transformation. More importantly, I believe this should be accessible to all who are struggling in this war, and not only the wealthy and famous. Perhaps if we all choose to elevate our consciousness through these practices and become sound in our mind, body and spirit, we can cure this disease.

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2 Responses to “Are We All Prone to Addictions?”

  1. curiosity says:

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  2. curiosity says:

    The psychiatrist is a physician who has completed his medical training and done graduate work and resident training in psychiatry. The law provides penalties for the untrained person who calls himself a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist may legally give medicines, prescribe diets, use surgery, and administer electroconvulsive shock therapy. He may also practice psychoanalysis or any other method of psychotherapy. In England he is often called a psychologist.

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