If you don't give yourself what you need, you will give yourself what you don't need.
Addictions are really us trying to get back to our natural state of happiness, health and vitality. But we mistaken choose we choose what makes us feel better only temporarily, and ends up draining us. We make a mistake, over and over gain.
The solution to addictions is to calm down and discern what you really need, what will better serve you.
So what do you really need? Your true needs could be as simple as a nutritional supplement or as complex as a major lifestyle change or even receiving an energetic therapy.
So the challenge is to discern the choices that will TRULY benefit us, right now.
"Addictions" are habit-ual activities that are quick routes to pleasure. They are an activity we have since put on automatic, and now undoing (or redoing) them will take some effort, will require us putting consciousness into the moment.
Some habits can be very hard to let go of. They can also be very easy to let go of: one day you find yourself moving to a new environment or changing some part of your life, and... surprise... your addiction just falls away. I know a friend who that recently happened to with cigarettes. She moved towns, started going to the gym, and...simply stopped smoking. In some ways this is the best kind of change to make - organic change - where you do what you're led to do and suddenly you find an addiction is no longer attractive to you. And your health improves as a result.
I feel that addictions result from some pretty clear causes: being overly isolated, being chronically stressed, being undernourished (eating processed foods, flour, etc, can lead to sugar/carb addiction as your body tries to get missing micro-nutrients), and the major one of course is trauma, which we have pretty much all endured - and which can lead to digestive problems, anxiety, depression, phobias, etc, and may take some time and work to heal.
This blog post will address some basic tips for handling addiction as well as some long-term strategies for deeper healing of the very causes of addiction.
1. Change Your Environment. If what you've been doing isn't working, it's a safe bet to try something else, anything else. Also called, 'the Way of Experimentation'. New lighting in a space can boost one's mood, an aromatherapy diffuser is cheap, and colour is powerful energy. Getting around healthier people is one big change that is often recommended.
2. Change Your Routine. Try getting up way earlier and meditating for a bit (also called, 'sit, relax and breathe'). Try staying up way later and working - maybe you're a night owl. Try getting more early-day sunlight outside. Try...doing what comes to you to do.
3. Make It Harder to Do. This can range from putting the potato chips in a cabinet that's high up and hard to reach, to shutting down your computer at night (who wants to wait 2 mins for it too boot up?) to installing a program that locks porn sites out of your browser.
4. Meet Your Underlying Needs. This depends on the specific addiction. If you crave sugar, you might really be craving more nutrition, pleasure, or love. If you're thing is over-thinking, you might be craving clarity, and I would suggest talking to someone, plus daily meditation.
5. Sleep Better. Everything is better with better sleep. Sugar/carb cravings in particular can drop off with better sleep.
6. Use EFT, Flower Essences, Homeopathy. These are all things that can profoundly help, not just to release an addiction but to transform the underlying state that leads to the addiction: the fatigue, anxiety, depression, and so on. Acupuncture, herbs and massage are also excellent for shifting imbalances.
7. Nutrition can make a huge difference. There are nutritional support/nutritional healing protocols for every kind of addiction. Nutrition supports the brain, blood sugar and hormones in achieving their optimal, natural balance of calm and self-control.
8. OM and Pray. The OM is the word of power. It opens the heart and mind and makes the next step in a direction of virtue that much more likely and possible. And prayer evokes an inner humility of being, and an openness to your inner mind and intuition - which really does know the next step.
9. Long Term: Heal Trauma. Brainwave Optimization and Advanced Soul Therapy are profoundly helpful. More on this at www.ShambhalaWellnessCenter.com.
But the deepest healing from addiction is truly cultural evolution. To heal our individual self matters for sure, but to heal (that is, evolve) our infrastructure, like the health-care system, or the educational system, also matters. It all needs to evolve until it truly supports us in being healthy and happy. By helping evolve these things and you are helping many people recover from addictions.
"You have the ability to be magnetically attracted to everything that it takes to heal you."
- Buddha Maitreya the Christ