It is not easy to break free from an addiction. It is a journey, with many ups and downs… but there is a path leading to healing and recovery if we focus on overcoming our demons, day after day.
I believe that we turn to this destructive habit in order to find a sense of happiness and purpose. We lack fulfilment, and without realising, we try to compensate this empty space with an immediate and self destructive “solution”, that ultimately will lead to more problems.
When I lost my parents, I turned to food for comfort. My life became increasingly consumed by overeating, and for a long time, and I just pretended that I couldn’t care less. My denial turned into guilt, and I started suffering from anxiety, distress and depression. I lost control of my life and my actions. I became addicted to food.
I believe the same thing happens when someone is addicted to alcohol, nicotine or have any uncontrolled behaviour: there is this uncontrollable craving, that one try to compensate with short-term gratification, but the long-term effects, either mentally, socially or financially are very damaging.
It takes a lot to get to the root of the problem, and let go of denial. In my case, food addiction is still a battle that I face every day, but understanding the problem and admitting that there is no joy or satisfaction to be gained from my addictive behaviour, makes me aware of it. Acknowledging that I have a problem, allows me to take the necessary steps to confront my demons.
Overcoming an addictive behaviour is understanding that there is no change without acknowledgement and awareness.
Life is full of temptations, but seeking immediate pleasure will only attach us to a destructive force, and will make things worse in the long term. In order to be free from an unhealthy, destructive addiction is necessary to be in control, and think if the emotions and feelings we have are leading to a negative and destructive attitude.
Recovery from an addiction begins when we take a step further and understand that food, alcohol, sex, shopping, drugs or whatever material substance we are attached to, will not meet or satisfy our deepest longings.
There is a quote that says: “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” True healing happens when we regain a sense of self worth and purpose. It’s important to work toward maintaining a long term satisfaction by getting in touch with our spirituality. I truly believe spirituality is the path to a meaningful life.