It isn’t something we plan to be. Addicted. It creeps in silently. We are usually unaware until damage has been done. Those close to us tend to recognize it first and confront us about it. “Isn’t that enough beer for tonight? “Really? Another one?”. “You have been on that game all day, you should go outside and get some exercise”. “If you keep eating all those M&M’s you will turn into one”. Are these phrases not all too familiar? Although well intended, all we hear after a while are judgments, questions, and nagging. Instead of taking responsibility and changing our behavior, we tend to deny, avoid, minimize, justify or retaliate and continue blindly along a destructive path. We may have thoughts like: “I don’t have a problem”, “I deserve a reward” or “It’s just one more.”
Do you have unhealthy habits? Have you ever been addicted to something? Few people would be able to say they have never had an unhealthy habit or been addicted to something at some point in their life. Let’s be honest. Unhealthy habits and addictions can come in many shapes, sizes and disguises. We can become addicted to gaming, shopping, social media, drugs and alcohol, medication, caffeine, our mobile phones, and chocolate to name a few.