Handling Addictions

Handling Addictions

Dr. KennedyBefore reading this section, I suggest you read the following: Introduction to Addictions

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Any addiction you may have makes you less conscious than you are supposed to be. In a state of less-than-perfect consciousness, you will miss what your life is all about. Nothing clouds your consciousness like an addiction.

It is important that you understand what you are up against. A true addiction will fight you to the bitter end until you have gone back to feeding the addiction, or until one of you is dead. Many people resolve to give up an addiction only to soon go back to feeding the monster. Success with killing an addiction lies in the realization of who is senior and who is junior, who created and who was created.

What I can promise you as a result of kicking all addictions is (initially) great discomfort and (after that) increased awareness of life and of being alive. Let us talk about the initial discomfort, specifically about what you can expect, at least for the first few weeks.

Here are the common experiences you can expect followed by the addictions, the giving up of which will bring up these experiences. Primal pain is the pain derived from abandonment of the soul. It comes disguised as boredom, depression, vulnerability and physical symptoms.

Boredom is the result of giving up these addictions:

  • listening to music
  • talking on the telephone
  • working
  • studying
  • reading
  • writing
  • watching television
  • excitement
  • drama in your personal life
  • entertainment
  • exercise
  • gambling
  • shopping
  • accidents
  • sleeping more than needed
  • staying up too late every night

Sadness, depression, loss of a false sense of self and loss of self-esteem are the results of giving up these addictions:

  • meditation
  • compulsively telling your story
  • gossiping (about self and/or about others)
  • sex
  • relationship
  • a particular person

The uncomfortable position of being responsible for success and failure is the result of giving up this addiction:

  • setting yourself up to lose

Vulnerability, helplessness and a sense of being used are the results of giving up these addictions:

  • acting tough (intimidating others)
  • being right (winning arguments, having the last word, etc.)

Various physical symptoms such as fatigue, headache, insomnia and irritability are the results of giving up these addictions:

  • alcohol
  • nicotine (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigars, etc.)
  • caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate, etc.)
  • sugar (candy, soft drinks, added to tea, coffee, etc.)
  • calories
  • fat
  • chewing and/or swallowing
  • milk and/or milk products (cheese, yogurt, etc.)
  • meat
  • salt (highly salted food or adding salt to your food)
  • tranquilizers
  • hallucinogens (LSD, marijuana, peyote, hash, etc.)
  • designer drugs (ecstasy, MDA, 2-CB, etc.)
  • nitrous oxide
  • narcotics (heroin, demerol, morphine, etc.)
  • cocaine, crack, crank, etc.
  • speed, amphetamines, etc.

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