The science and psychology of addiction has always intrigued me. As a former addict in recovery, I often wonder why addictions are so difficult to break. I am talking about all types of addiction that plague society—drugs, alcohol, technology, gambling, sex, etc. My addiction began after a sports injury that required surgery. The result of the injury also lead to depression. Sports were my addiction. Once those were taken away, I had no idea what to do with my life. That's the worst part about being an addict—we always find a way to swap out addictions, healthy or unhealthy.
There a lot of issues that are stigmatized in society, whether it be mental illness, drugs, or other various health issues. That is just to name a few and I am sure there are tons more. So, why did society become that way? Was society always so intolerant or naive to these issues?
My happiest memories as a three-year-old was the birth of my youngest brother, and the tingle I within my spirit as I danced. I still sense the tickle around my heart as I remember anticipating the experiences this delicate being would add to my life. Dancing incited my physical self-awareness. I know my scattered improvisations were absurd. But I felt good stomping, spinning and flailing my limbs to the rhythm. I now experience the same rush as my body responds to music. I think I developed better coordination. While both events are different, each one reminds me, moments are temporary, but the impact can last forever. I was in my late thirties when a psychiatrist was gauging my ability to return home after a short stay in a Behavioral Unit. She helped me recognize what is necessary to create the dynamics that allowed a flow I found favorable, where I kept the pace. Our conversation included self-esteem, confidence, safety, and what I later learned to be a Locus of Control. During her explanation for each of those topics, she mentioned personal-boundaries every time.
Hello, lovely people of the world. I wanted to kind of backtrack a little bit and revisit the topic of communication skills. Near the end of that post, I mentioned that, when seeking advice for a certain situation, it’s best if we are completely honest with ourselves, and whoever it may be helping us.