The Spin Cycle of Addiction

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Sometimes we motivate ourselves by thinking of what we want to become. Sometimes we motivate ourselves by thinking about who we don’t ever want to be again.

All addictions are cyclical in nature, with no clear beginning or end and one stage leading to the next (and then the next, and the next, and the next). And the cycle intensifies with each repetition, requiring more of the same substance or behavior or a more intense substance or behavior to reach and maintain the desired neurochemical high. This transforms the cycle from a repetitive loop into a downward spiral that leads to relationship, work, health, financial, legal, and other crises. These crises then become the triggers that set the addictive cycle in motion yet again.

Task for Today
Think about ways in which you can interrupt the spin cycle of your addiction.