What is an Addiction?
To me, my addiction is a Soy Chi Tea Latte. I have been addicted to it since I learned about Starbucks. My awesome dealer. However, with out it, Or any Latte, I become irritable. I might not show it because my mind set is prone to be happy. Nevertheless, I feel it.
So what about it makes me want it? For me, it is a habit. You see, every morning I walk about a mile+. What I do after my walk is sit down and relax. I ask the Barista for ice, of which I get a super small cup and I place it directly on my back. Then, I get my Latte and sit and relax. Usually I sit down on the leather couch and observe. As you know, I’m a therapist… I am super good an observing people and not reacting to their actions. That’s neither here nor there… Or is it?
In my daily habitual tendency, which I have attached to my relief of my daily walk, I have added the component of relief and positivity, therefore making myself believe that a latte is a sort of relief.
So what do I have to do? I will transfer my Latte to water. It takes 21 days for a behavior to become a habit. So from now on, I will continue working on the positive and instead of a Latte, I will drink Water. I will still be drinking something, But It will be something to hydrate me, less calories, more like no calories and I will therefore decrease calories, not dehydrate myself. (Yes people, coffee actually dehydrates you). And be healthy, hydrated and will not become irritated when I don’t have the drink of WATER.
So the Next time you go for a coffee, LATTES, or your daily Beer … think about your body. How will you be a few years from now? And Replace it with something that will enhance you OR attend a program that will allow you to take control of your addiction/the habit you “need.” After all, it’s you, your health and the people you live with that will be affected.
You have to place you first, but life is not just all about you.
Do your Best in Life,
“The state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.”
“Addict – someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction; “a golf addict”; “a car nut”; “a bodybuilding freak”; “a news junkie”
Addict – to cause (someone or oneself) to become dependent (on something, especially a narcotic drug)
Addict – someone who is physiologically dependent on a substance; abrupt deprivation of the substance produces withdrawal symptoms”