Working with Addictive Behaviors
Many of our addictive and self-medicating activities are maladaptive responses to emotional wounds. Humans love to feel good and hate to feel bad. Our emotional wounds are painful. We seek pleasurable activities so we don’t have to feel that pain, whether it be shopping, alcohol, drugs, pornography, TV, eating, etc. Relief is temporary and can lead to harmful addictions that drive our lives. When such addictions are in control, our health, relationships, careers, and quality of life suffer greatly. When our emotional wounds and trauma are repaired, these addictive self-medicating activities lose their grip, allowing us, not the addictions, to take control of our lives again.