As I continue to pursue a nicotine free existence and fight other addictions as substitutes, a Metro article, “Teen Net addictions growing” catches my attention. Apparently, in some cases these kids get so involved with online games or surfing the Net that they stay up all night, skip school and withdraw from real-life friends.
So far, says the article, research indicates those most prone to Internet addiction “lack social skills, tend to isolate themselves, and internalize emotional stress.” Addiction specialists say this obsessive Internet behaviour threatens health and, also like other addictions, “is a sign of underlying problems and often goes hand-in-hand with mental health issues such as depression.”
But really, don’t we all have unresolved issues? And don’t we all have bad days where we couldn’t see the bright side if it whacked us in the forehead? I think we all battle with some level of addiction most of the time. If it’s not a substance (like drugs, alcohol and sugar), it’s a process (like sex, work and gambling).
If you ask Christina Grof, author of The Thirst for Wholeness and former addict, or the “Why man” Tony Robins, they’d tell you that we can be addicted to emotions and the roles we play in our lives (like wife, mother, daughter, boss, student, etc.) Grof believes that at one end of the addiction continuum is extreme addiction and at the other, mild (emotional) attachment.
So what’s the cure for addiction? I believe it’s facing our demons and changing our self-limiting beliefs that we’ve acquired over our lifetime. But it’s so hard! I’ve been working on myself for over 10 years now and have made fabulous progress. Yet I still battle my addictions.
So I’m investigating acupuncture through my Naturopathic Doctor. I’m keen to learn more about this ancient method of natural healing and will make sure to share the experience with you on Live Lighter.
What sort of addictions do you wrestle with? And what have you been doing about it?