It’s been a while since I posted! Namely because the start to this year has been nothing sort of hectic and not quite what I was hoping for the the New Year clock struck twelve, but we forge on with hope and fortitude. I also migrated my blog to a new ISP and I’m really hoping that the people that have been reading my blog won’t get lost in the transfer. I’m eternally grateful to those that do read my posts and always hope that my musings bring you some sort of personal comfort, insight or ideas. My hope is that through my recovery journey, I am able to aid and inspire others. Like I’ve said before this is not an easy road to walk, but like anything that challenges us, the rewards are rich.
Today I want to talk about the ideas in the Huffington Post article, “The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think“. I’m not going to dissect and critique the article, but I want to talk around the theme of “connectedness” that Johann Hari discusses in his article. What I will say is that the article is nothing short of outstanding and it’s wonderful how many people have become engaged in discussion since its publication.
For too long addiction and substance abuse disorders have been viewed as a moral failing on the part of the “addict”! The idea of “Just say no!” has perpetuated the idea that people who develop substance abuse disorders are somehow morally challenged and that they should simply choose not to take part in this type of behaviour. After all, if you are strong-willed and righteous there can be no debate when it comes to the question of using a substance (illegal or otherwise). But the truth is that in trying to find comfort in loneliness people (like the isolated rats discussed in the article) we are drawn to behaviours that synthetically feed our souls. So that when there is emptiness, a lack of fulfillment and undetermined purpose, individuals can be drawn to that “cocaine- or heroine-laced water bottle”. And in modern society the substances are not just illegal street drugs, but often medications subscribed by qualified medical professionals to “get us through this rough patch”!
Sleeping tablets, anti-depressants and mood stabilisers are prescribed freely and are just as addictive as cocaine, heroine and methamphetamines. And let’s not forget alcohol, which can be purchased on every other block. And because of feelings of isolation, a lack of self-worth and the inability to connect with the people around us, we are drawn to something to help us feel a part of things. A moral failing? I think not. But definitely an indication of the society we live in. When surrounded by others many have never felt so alone or disconnected from the 7 billion people that occupy the planet. And like the rat separated from the the others, we are drawn to something that will ease the emotional trauma that we are experiencing when cut off, whether literally or figuratively.
And it can be hard to find our way back from that place where we are alone and scared, but it’s not impossible. By reaching out and slowly reestablishing the relationships with ourselves and others that led to that initial isolation, we are able to rediscover our purpose. By determining our values and the spiritual principles that guide us, it is possible to live a healthy and fulfilled life in recovery. Substance abuse needn’t be a stigma that you carry around with you, the definition of who you are, it’s simply a part of your life’s journey. Through learning, education and peer support you can move forward with clearly established goals and plans, supported by those around you. The way I see it is that no one is meant to journey life alone…it’s just not how it’s meant to be. But through a variety of social, emotional, spiritual and environmental factors we are often secluded, even hidden in plain sight. By stepping out of the darkness of solitude, we can continue our wanderings.
Recovery Wellness Coaching is a powerful aid for reconnecting with ourselves and others. It presents us with the opportunity to excavate our true purpose, find fulfillment in our lives and move forward with personal insight and emotional connectivity. Understanding that we are not your substance abuse disorder and developing tools and techniques to create our personal vision, set goals and develop action plans makes recovery coaching an empowering choice. Too often we get lost in the quagmire, forget who we are and what we want…becoming so caught up in what’s going on around us that we end up losing sight of ourselves, somehow becoming inadvertently separated in all the chaos. Recovery Coaching has the immense power to help you rebuild the physical, emotional, mental, emotional and spiritual elements of your life so that you are truly connected to yourself and those around you.
I know that it’s done wonders for me and the people that I work with…so if you are interested and would like more information about Recovery and Wellness Coaching please contact us to explore your options. Because “When I is replaced by we even illness becomes wellness”.