The Affliction of Addiction

The Affliction of Addiction

Rachel Allison

An article posted on “Mercator” entitled “How Addiction is Invading our Lives” is a must read for anyone who has a tendency toward addictive behavior.  Francis Phillips does a great job summarizing Damian Thompson’s The Fix: How addiction is invading our lives and taking over your world.

Don’t we all have friends and/or family who are addicted to something?  Most likely, yes.  Whether it be some of the more destructive addictions such as alcohol, pornography, or drugs, or addictions that involve eating, shopping, sports, or the Internet, we are all aware of the frustrations that accompany out of control behavior.

Thompson writes:

…”If we describe addiction as a disease, as we would describe cancer, we become victims. We are persuaded that the addiction has “invaded” us against our will and we are helpless in its grip.”

… “Addiction” has replaced the concept of “sin” – but unlike sin it has a tendency to absolve us of responsibility for our behavior. A sense of sinfulness induces guilt; guilt demands self-reflection and responsibility; this can lead to a decision to change: a road to Damascus moment.”

Over the past month I have heard half a dozen different people bring up the importance of taking the time to self-reflect.

“Am I headed in the direction I want my life to go?”

“Am I giving the proper amount of time to that and those I hold most sacred and dear?”

“Have I allowed myself to get in a rut that causes imbalance in my life or even neglect to that which is most important?”

Phillip’s article is just one more reason to conclude that taking the time to ponder, plan and prioritize certainly deserves more time than I have previously given.

The following quote is attributed to Socrates:

“That life which is unexamined is not worth living.”

It’s something to think about…but it shouldn’t become an obsession…or we may develop an addictive behavior.    🙂

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