Overcoming Addiction

I dont regularly watch videos people have posted but i was so caught by the blog that I watched it all the way through. Great read and great video (insight packed 3 minutes).


Listening to the very wise and brilliant Gabor Maté has gotten me thinking a lot lately about addiction and mental illness.  As he states in one of his videos that was so insightful it almost caused me to fall off my chair:

At the root of addiction is pain.

When we try to escape pain we just create more of it.

We need to learn to sit with our pain.  Then we can figure out what it’s all about.

As Maté wisely points out we live in a society that wants instant relief and isn’t comfortable facing itself.  He defines addiction quite broadly, as being anything with negative consequences that we keep on doing despite those negative consequences.  This could include compulsive exercise, becoming a workaholic, food, sex, along with the more commonly considered addictions such as alcohol and drugs.

To me the pain that’s at the root of addiction…

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