Effective solution to addictions
How are we?
We had a huge rise in addictions amid the pandemic.
Addictions can manifest differently in different people, for some it will be substances, for others food, sex, control, power, worrying, even over-exercising.
Over 100 years, we based our understanding of addiction on the study that put a rat in a cage with water and drugged water, and most of the rats drank the drugged water till they died from an overdose.
Then in the 70th Dr. Alexander realised that if anyone would have been in a cage with nothing else, then what’s the point in life, basic!
So he created the Rat Park, where rats had all their needs met friends, sex, food, and places to play, they did not want to drink the drugged water, they chose the normal water!
So the opposite of addiction is having our needs met, and connections a crucial human needs.
So if you struggle with some addiction, first- forgive yourself, compassion is the ONLY way to heal.
Then look around you and see if your needs are being met:
Do you have meaningful connections in your life?
When you want to go for something that you feel, will not benefit your wellbeing, be it, say to yourself:
“What am I really hungry for right now? after you realised what is the root need then have whatever you want.