It is sometimes referred to as a “two-fold disease”, being an “obsession of the mind coupled with an allergy of the body.”
Addiction is the experience of not being able to stop using a substance or engaging in a behaviour despite a genuine desire to stop.
Addiction is the combination of being in a state of emotional discomfort (often discomfort we are not consciously aware of) and having a previous experience with a powerfully soothing substance or behaviour. Our underlying discomfort increases as a result of this cycle, making us seek even more relief.
When it comes to a substance addiction (like sugar), we also can develop a physical dependence which complicate things further. (It) becomes so essential to our comfort that we can’t muster the willingness to stop without help. We are addicted.
Addiction is a spectrum. Some people have a much harder time controlling their addictive behaviours than others. Some need intensive treatment and some seem to be able to do it with minimal assistance. Do not compare yourself to others; compare yourself to yesterday’s version of yourself. If you have tried to stop or moderate a particular behaviour and cannot seem too despite your attempts to stop, that thing is addictive FOR YOU, regardless if others can stop or not.
Recovery is the process of improving your thinking, changing your lifestyle, and trusting that you have the ability to live a rich, full life without engaging in life-crushing compulsive behaviors.
-Jeffrey Munn, LMFT
Author of Staying Sober Without God
Recovery is the life-long process of improving your overall mental and emotional health so as to minimize the harm and suffering you inflict on yourself and others.
Recovery is not a singular event, or a finite process; it is a lifestyle.
Recovery is a fundamental change to be made to the way you look at and interact with the world and the people in it.
Recovery is a transformative experience that takes place slowly, making small incremental changes towards improving oneself.
Recovery is about interacting with healthier people, which is why meeting have a lot to offer.
Recovery is a willingness to try something new and make a small effort every day to engage in new habits and behaviours.
Recovery is moving out of a hopeless state of mind and body. Where a person no longer experiences certain kinds of suffering.
Recovery is the actions that need to be taken in order to achiever a state of stability and move towards optimal mental health.
One of the reasons I lost over 200 lbs and entered into Obese Recovery was to be healthy enough to climb this small wall. For people who are healthy, this would be an easy task. 3 years ago, I was struggling to walk. Today with the help of eating better, exercising, weight loss surgery, wearing necessary support gear, I am changing my life, one day at a time. This was accomplished in April 2023
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