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Overcoming Addictions

We live in an ego-based world where addiction runs rampant. I have yet to encounter an individual who does not use either an addictive substance or an addictive behavior to cope with the stresses and challenges of life in our contemporary society. Life truly is difficult and coming face to face with our genuine issues and feelings takes a great deal of courage and support. Some addictions are shamed (illicit drugs and alcohol),while others are actually elevated to a level of deserving admiration (work, romance, money/success) in our culture. Many have become addicted to prescription drugs which create just as much havoc as do illegal drugs minus the legal complications. Food is also a very common "drug of choice". Obviously we are able to completely stop using some drugs but cannot totally eliminate others. We need to define what sobriety is in relation to food, sex, work, relationships, etc. By and large addictions are an escape from emotional pain and a way to bring pleasure and relief to the ego. Eventually addictions, which seem at first to offer us the comfort and pleasure we long for, stop working and, in fact, bring about harmful consequences. The time finally comes when we must face and deal with who we are, our past, our life's traumas and their effect upon us and do our healing work. Addictions provide, at best, temporary relief or escape and then leave us right where we left off. Addictions eventually only create problems on top of the ones we already have. They are essentially a substitute for love, love for ourselves and love for and from others. If we are truly engaged in spiritual growth and development we must confront and overcome our addictions,

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