Most of us know that addiction is something negative, that it is something that negatively impacts our lives and those around us. We tend to think of most addictions as addictions to drugs, cigarettes, food and sex, all of them big addictions, and we seldom think about the more socially acceptable addictions people have. the kind of addictions that remain more hidden from view.
If someone is angry or emotional all the time they probably do not even realise that there is a dependency that has built up to that state, and that they are addicted to the chemicals that produces those responses. It is the same with people who are constantly exhibiting risk taking behaviour and are prone to causing drama where there really needs to be none.
It is easy to become addicted to aroused states of emotions just as it is easy to become addicted to caffeine, food, sex, exercise and even lighter drugs like over the counter pain killers.
Addiction can be a useful part of your experience if you understand your addictions and the triggers, if you can see your compulsions and what lies underneath them. It can help understand so much more about who we are, what we need to feel safe and where our most important growth opportunities can be found, and it can be a very important part of identifying the parts of us that are wounded.
For most of us it is the identifying and uncovering the pain, bringing it out into the light, understanding what is causing it and understanding why we want to forget, mask and suppress it, rather than honouring it and working with it.
What addictions can you identify as being part of your life?