Here is the next piece in our addiction recovery series. When we are suffering
with an addiction to substance abuse-the knowledge that this substance controls
us is the sign that it is harming us rather than it being a harmless and
moderated social usage. Similarly to an addiction to a certain type of food it
can disable us and pull us apart from our true selves.
I know when I am not doing well or if I have an unbelievable amount of
stress because that 1/2 a glass of red wine becomes three and I stumble
and mumble my way up to bed that night with a feeling that I am dirty.
Some people feel that if they let the substance entirely go the goal of
releasing it completely is too hard to bear-never having their crutch or
little best friend-who got them through thick and thin-ever again! It can
seem daunting and unattainable.
When I quit smoking I knew the only option was to completely let those
nasty sticks go-if they were kept within reach I would have followed my
previous patterns of just starting back up-full bore once a fabricated
or real reason for me to increase my habit materialized to me.
Some people though can regulate and continue a relationship with
their substance-and they are able to moderate it successfully. Each
of us knows at our core what effects us negatively and how it effects
I think not being so hard on ourselves when we fall from grace is very
important-we all stumble and we all end up regaining the strength
to pick ourselves back up.
Love yourself and care for your soul-really consider that crutch and
if there is any other way you can soothe your heartbreak-is there a
friend you can call? A warm soothing lavender bath you can run?
An oasis in nature you can immerse yourself in? A craft you can express
your raw emotion through?
Noticing what triggers you to go for your addiction is also an important
skill to hone-if you are conscious as to how you are affected before you
reach for the crutch-you may be able to change the course of your choice.
Much like all other addictions-you have the power to overcome
and release yourself from mental slavery!!! Believe in Yourself!!!
Morning Prayer for Addiction Recovery
Journal Entry: Explore whether there is any substances in your life that
you feel are controlling you. If so what causes the addiction to spike?
Remember a time that you were free of the chains of this addiction? What was
different in your life at the time? How did you do it? How can you do more about it?
Make a list of things you can do rather than reach for that substance and make
copies that you can carry with you, place in your home/office/locker etc.
Positive Affirmations for Recovery
My favorite inspirational speaker & wise guru-Infinite Waters-Youtube
Russell Brand Overcomes Addiction with Yoga
Kundalini Yoga for Addiction