Emphasizing “I should” and “I shouldn’t” thoughts around an addictive substance or activity actually helps keep the addiction around, as it creates as sense of self that seems to have control. If control were truly the answer to addiction, humans wouldn’t still be addicted, because everyone is already trying to control addictions. It isn’t working.
A bottle of pills never calls your name. The bottle does not contain the urge to take pills. And neither does the whiskey bottle, the pack of cigarettes, the bag of pot … (continue reading …)