Are We All Secretly Addicted To Something?

Our “automatic choice” comes in many forms – some of the obvious addictions in the press being drugs and alcohol. There are many other addictions that may already be unconsciously dictating our lives that we are not aware of.

So what is an addiction?

“Addiction is a condition that results when someone ingests a substance or engages in an activity that can be pleasurable. However the continuation becomes compulsive and begins to interfere with responsibilities and concerns such as work, relationships or health.

Most people who have developed an addiction may not be CONSCIOUSLY aware that their behaviour is out of control and causing problems for themselves and others around them.”

So what can you become aware of on a day to day basis about your choices and behaviour?

Here is a list of possible addictions that are part of our daily lives.

• Television programmes (I was addicted to Top of the pops, Dallas and Baywatch!) and box sets etc!
• Sweet foods – chocolates, croissants and haribos! (I confess I am still addicted to Cadburys Milk Tray)
• Shopping – the thrill of buying new stuff!
• Money – spending it or indeed saving it.
• Internet – facebook, laptops, checking emails and social media.
• Coffee and coffee shops (another addiction of mine!)
• Carbs – breads, baked stuff and pasta etc.
• The Sunshine – some people love the warmth and the comfort and spend hours in the sun.
• Going to the pub – The comfort of the reward drink after work or to “take the edge off things”.
• Work – The sense of purpose and drive for distraction from everyday life.
• Dairy and Fats – Cheese and Cow’s milk etc.
• Daily mail online/ showbiz gossip – Need I say more!

Which addiction from the above have some form of control over you? Can you become aware of it and reduce the amount of time indulging in this – would it benefit your life?

Here’s a 2nd list of things that may be healthy addictions – but again like anything in life, these can be enjoyed too much and also become addictive – beware!!!

• Deep breathing
• Meditation
• Gentle exercise – walking etc
• Plant based foods
• Swimming
• Sports
• Reading self-improvement books like “The Mind Manual”

But can you spot the MAJOR difference with the 1st list and the 2nd list of addictions?

The 1st list of addictions rely on EXTERNAL objects / subjects OUTSIDE the body and mind to feel good.
With the 2nd list of addictions you are getting addicted to the relationship with yourself INTERNALLY and INSIDE the body and mind to feel good.

To summarise, we must always remember one thing – we are always at CAUSE in our world. The choice of what you want to become consciously aware of on a day to day basis; your habits, behaviour and what addiction path you choose – is entirely yours!

Rick Parcell
Strategic Health Intervention Coach