ADDICTION OR ADDICTIVE BEHAVIOUR - UAB
STOPPING or REDUCING Alcohol, Drugs, Gambling, Internet, Etc - Substance or Process Behaviour
"If I would like to fly, it is probably helpful to free myself of a thing that weighs me down."
An Unhelpful Addictive Behaviour - UAB - appears to be a common HUMAN thing.
It would be really challenging if I had to relearn everything every morning, so my brain has evolved to learn and make an autopilot of those things that it decides are useful.
If I have a faulty thought about something, or my brain is reacting to something that it saw as severe, then I might make a habit of escaping through a habit of substance use or a process addiction.
Pretty understandable, and perhaps able to be altered with planning, practice, persistence and patience - patience especially with my dear Self.
HOW HUMAN MIGHT THIS BE?
It has been said that an unhelpful addictive behaviour OF SOME SORT affects 78% of the population during their life - that looks like it might be a very common HUMAN experience.
WHAT MIGHT I DO?
Planning, Practice, Persistence and Patience - particularly with MYSELF and my HUMANNESS - are shown to be pretty helpful.
I might look at an 'Urge Tool' in the "Forum" section above.
"What might I learn from what just happened?"
"What might I CHOOSE to think or do differently?
WHAT ABOUT A THOUGHT, A CRAVING, AN URGE, A SLIP OR LAPSE?
Attempting to REPLACE an unhelpful habit of thought or action, with a helpful habit or habits, might take time. It is far from a smooth path.
There is no requirement, nor is it logical, to be on 'day one' after a slip, lapse or relapse - each experience might add to my knowledge bank.
A common challenge for me might be building momentum to move in a more helpful direction - or dealing with a cue, or an urge, or thought to act out - A COMMON HUMAN UNHELPFUL THOUGHT OF MINE - or dealing with an emotional life challenge of mine in a perhaps more helpful way.