Addictions: More than Drugs and Alcohol

What exactly is an addiction?  It seems to be the latest buzzword for our dysfunctional society.  It is basically having no control over something you are doing, taking or using.  Anything that causes a dependency or automatic reaction can be considered an addiction.  In other words, it is a habit gone haywire, out of your control.

I bring this up because we have become an addictive society.  We are addicted to quick fixes in our health care.   The latest pills for the psychological problems that are part of everyday human life are advertised constantly on TV and other media.  So the list of “treatable” conditions has grown exponentially.  Of course, the pharmaceutical industry loves this because the more “need” we have to control our behavior and emotions, the more money is made rolling out new drugs.  Does that disturb you a little?  I hope so.

That brings up the growing addiction to prescription drugs – painkillers, antidepressants, mood stabilizers, anti-anxiety meds, stimulants, etc.  In other words, a pill for everything that ails you.  Have you noticed that all the TV ads for these drugs never mention the cause and what you can do to correct it?  Sure, you can take the latest heartburn med, but what about a careful analysis of your gut health?  What about changing your diet or learning to better manage life stressors?

Let’s talk about emotional addictions.  Are you addicted to the physiological roller coaster of your emotions?  What could those possibly be?

  • Complaining and blaming
  • Making excuses and not taking personal responsibility
  • Entitlement
  • Lying, cheating, stealing
  • Gossiping
  • Relationship drama; physical, emotional, sexual abuse
  • Defensiveness and aggression

You can probably add to this list.  Addictions wreck havoc in your life, in your family relationships, work and with friends.  If you can’t control your alcohol drinking or pot smoking or whatever drug alters your mind, you need professional help.  The time to get honest with you is right NOW.  The 12 Step Programs are ideal for helping you stop the addictions and change your life.

If you are not addicted to these substances, but more addicted to behaviors, you can make changes.  You have to see the negative impact they are having on your life, and WANT to change.  You may need professional help also. There are many good therapeutic programs to assist you.

Let me suggest a few things you can do to get started:

  • Accept that you are powerless over the behavior
  • Pay attention to these behaviors and what triggers them…when are you into automatic reactivity?
  • Are there other ways of behaving?  What are they?  Are you willing and courageous enough to bring them into your life?  You are reprograming your mind by repeatedly doing the new behavior until it becomes a habit.
  • Find support through a counselor or spiritual mentor
  • Clean up you inner life by reflection, contemplation, journaling, praying, meditating
  • Fill up on inspiring, sacred writings
  • The inner journey is always the path to truth and success

Homeopathy is a holistic alternative to these drugs that you may be using to “mask” your discomfort.  No matter what your problems are – physical, emotional or mental, homeopathy can help restore your whole energetic vital essence to harmony.  I have had 13 years experience as a homeopathic physician.  Homeopathy works to change people’s lives.

Wanda J. Bedinghaus, MD

Medical Director, Healing Unleashed

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