Addiction & the Need for Connection

The Power of Connection

The Power of Connection

This is How Positive Change Happens…

Today, my mind has been wonderfully blown and my heart has been beautifully blasted open. I’m so grateful a colleague shared an article with me that offers a fresh and amazing perspective on addiction, the causes of it, and the effective recovery from it. I feel inspired to share this article (link below) with you. Please share it with anyone you know who struggles with addiction and/or loves someone who struggles with it.

To clarify, when I use the word “addiction” I mean any behaviour that someone does in a compulisve way that backfires on them and their relationships. This could be anything from staying online too long to drinking too much or using a drug too much. Another good gauge for checking in about addictive behaviour is:  Does part of me know this behaviour isn’t really good for me and my relationships but I’m doing it anyway? If the answer is “yes”, you’re engaging in some kind of compulsive, addictive behaviour that has negative consquences.

Some people I work with have answered “yes” to the above and want to make a positive change but don’t know how. As the brilliant article I read today shows, we’ve often been trying to make those changes in ways that don’t really work. In order to break free from addiction, we can not go it alone. We need to get more connected to people that matter to us, people that can support us, people that can be there for us. Otherwise, we’ll go back to the addiction and/or find a new one.

In addition, in order to prevent addictive behaviour, we need to make sure we’re positively bonded with others.

To learn more, check out the article “The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think” by Johann Hari:

Johann Hari article

Call me or email me and book in for a session for some additional support, whether through individual counselling or couples counselling, for recovering from addiction.