This week I write on something I feel affects us all “ADDICTION”.
Addiction is a disease that we cannot eradicate, it is that stage where you are abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming.
Basically, regardless of what you think, once you get addicted to something you become mentally reliant on it (if you are on twitter, you’d understand this).
Some people even go as far as saying “My addiction is good”, sorry, there is nothing like good addiction. Addiction is addiction there is no white or red addiction. You might say that your addiction wouldn’t kill you, but truth be told if it isn’t killing you then it is hindering you from achieving/realizing something else.
I’m going to use a few examples to illustrate this theory, (and I wont talk about cigarettes or alcohol because I’m not involved with those): if you are a gamer you will realise that there has been a rivalry between the Fifa games and the Pes games, this was actually fussed about by game addicts(which I’m slightly a part of)…Well, the thing is, I grew up being a fan/addict of the Pes (which brings me back to my discussion) I always thought there was no better game.
I actually missed a few tests in my junior secondary school days just to play this game with my cousin, but this all changed when I realised I was giving all my attention to one particular game without trying other games, to cut the long story short, I tried out the Fifa even though it took me hours to be into it.. but at the end of the day I realised that there was a big difference between the two games which I never would have noticed, if I hadn’t consciously opted out of what I thought was the best thing.
The addiction recovery process is a paradox; in some ways it is the same for everyone and in other ways, each person’s journey is unique. And, as a process, recovery cannot be put on a timeline. But at the end of the day, realising that you are addicted to something is the first step to relieving that addiction. So, as soon as the addict has admitted to being an addict, he/she then needs the right attitude/level of motivation in order for them to quit whatever it is they are addicted to.
Few Quotes about Addiction:
“A moderate addiction to money may not always be hurtful; but when taken in excess it is nearly always bad for the health.” – Clarence Day
“Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.” – Carl Jung
“I admire addicts. In a world where everybody is waiting for some bline, random disaster, or some sudden disease, the addict has the comfort of knowing what will most likely wait for him down the road. He’s taken some control over his ultimate fate, and his addiction keeps the cause of death from being a total surprise.” – Chuck Palahniuk