Addiction Is A connection
Humans always need connections in both mental and physical ways to other people, animals, nature, spirituality, etc. That’s our nature. Similarly, addiction is actually a deep connection between a person to an object. When people lost connections with others around them because of depression, stress, pressure, hurt, loneliness., etc., they tend to find another connection to something that temporarily helps them feel a sense of relief. The longer they use it as a rescue out of their current situations, the stronger and deeper the bond becomes. They’re getting to be dependent on it and crave for it so badly that they feel like they cannot live without it. That’s addiction.
The fact is humans can be addicted to many different things – drugs, porn, technology, video games, people, work, food, sweet, compliments, etc. anything that can make them feel better somehow.
Where Is The Way Out?
As I said before, humans always need bonds. If addiction is almost the only connection a person has, there is no way they can give it up. Because they need it to survive. So, the solution is building new positive and healthy connections. When people invest in the new connections, they nurture, deepen, tighten, and strengthen them. It also means the attention to the addicted things will be less and that negative connection will be weakened and extirpated along the way.
The development of technology is a huge reason for human disconnections, nowadays. Personally, I believe that things are neither good or bad. Things are just things. But the way we use them can be negative or positive. There’s no denial that technology is very useful and helpful but we are using technological stuff way too much. Many people are immersed in social networks – Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, and so on. A couple of weeks ago, a blogger even killed himself after losing his phone. That’s an alert that it’s time for us to be aware of the downside of technology and make changes to have a balanced and healthy life.
The reason why I wanted to talk about addiction is to help people seriously know that we can be addicted to anything, not just alcohol, drugs, as they usually think. And sometimes, we cannot even notice if we get addicted to something. That’s why I always suggest people to make reflection often. It helps people maintain the connection with themselves and also helps them notice what is going on, what is changing in their lives. Therefore, they can soon realize if anything is wrong.
Personally, I always encourage myself to try new things but I never let myself to be addicted to anything. Because addiction takes away our power, sagacity and control; and that’s what I really try to void.
Moreover, it’s hard for addicts to cut off themselves with addiction. With our help, they can do it faster and more efficiently. My point is by understanding the underneath truth of being addicted, we can help them build healthy connections, surround them with positive elements that pull them out of the dark.