I hope you have a beautiful and meaningful day.
Today I want to talk to you about addiction and how it can affect you. In my experience I have found that it can impact on all areas of your life. I started drinking alcohol at 15. Drinking heavily alone or with friends to escape life or my home life where environment was not the best.
I have had times in my life where I have not drunk and periods where I have drunk heavily. I am not going to sugarcoat it like a lot of people do I was an addict, addicted to alcohol and sugar as result also.
Whilst now I have cut back on alcohol 🍺, I realised reflecting yesterday on aspects of my life that I still have addiction to alcohol. I have realised that it is robbing me of my focus which is what alcohol does. It impairs your ability to think clearly and straight. You begin to spiral downwards and get depressed. After all, alcohol is a depressant though it can stimulate you.
It has at times completely robbed my focus and ability to perform at my best. It suppressed all my problems and for moments blurred out all things that were going wrong in my life whether caused by me or not. It steals your money, your self worth and destroys friendships and even relationships.
The thing with alcohol is that it can control you and you don’t even realise that it is doing so. It takes over your life and unless you have the ability to see this then you are going to get worse and never get better and quit drinking.
This then affects other areas of your life. Addiction is like a disease that spreads like cancer. You combine this with other drugs or other stimulants. Coffee to stimulate you because you are depressed or hungover or both. Hence I now also am battling to cut back on coffee I drink.
Looking back how I ever got through some days is a miracle. I am lucky I am even still here and grateful for that. We have to take responsibility for the things we have done in life. I know the next few weeks are going to be hard to quit my addictions however the pain of me not changing
is more the pain of staying addicted.
So if you are addicted to something like alcohol or coffee take some action to change this. Own your addiction, acknowledge it and then make the decision to be responsible for it and beat the addiction. Become unaddicted and take back control of your life.
By taking control of your life alcohol, coffee and sugar no longer control you. Do what it takes to change. Then and only then can you be he best version of you.