5 Addictions That Are Commonly Overlooked
“Addiction is the result of people trying to escape pain and suffering.”
“It is a response to human suffering.”
“An attempt to escape suffering.”
“It is all about trauma, and too many doctors are traumaphobic.” — Dr. Gabor Mate
Let’s dive into some common addictions that aren’t discussed enough:
Common Addiction #1:
I could be wrong, but I really believe in a few years, social media log-in pages will have warnings like cigarette packs overseas — including graphic pics of tired faces with the words:
“Warning: the use of these sites has been linked to lowered self-esteem, depression, polarization, anxiety, insomnia. Please enter at your own risk.”
I quit FB in 2019. I left IG in 2017, and I reluctantly started Twitter 12 days ago. Social media BURNT ME OUT. This shocks people. I quickly noticed that telling people I wasn’t on social media made them not trust me. Why is that?
Common Addiction #2:
Special shout out to Coffee & Energy Drinks as well — which is generally full of sugar. It’s insane how sugar is in almost everything. So many healthy, organic items have SUGAR. I tried ridding my house of sugar and it was literally impossible. Is this done on purpose? You have to wonder.
Common Addiction #3:
Does anyone on this common sleeping pill have a “funny” story to tell? It has caused humans to do dangerous, unexplainable things.
Common Addiction #4:
24-hour political TV (news cycles).
“Politics is the entertainment arm of the military-industrial complex.” — Frank Zappa. After 9/11, we stopped turning off our TV’s. Endless news cycles repeat themselves and give the veneer of being informed, without actually being informed. I attribute a lot of my happiness to NOT owning a tell-LIE-vision.
Common Addiction #5:
My mother was a workaholic, abandoning us for days as she went from one hospital to the next, working “graveyard” shifts. I forgive her as she was doing what was necessary to survive. Living in Japan really cemented this addiction for me. Karoshi (過労死, Karōshi), which can be translated literally as “overwork death”, is a term relating to occupational sudden mortality.
We all should Go and be somebody’s face of compassion TODAY.
Alcohol, Pills, Smoking, Sex/Porn, Gambling, Gaming, Shopping, etc. etc. Help is available. Dr. Johann Hari says, “The opposite of addiction isn’t sobriety — it’s connection.”
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