We received some interesting comments about last week’s newsletter article, Addictions. Here are a couple of excerpts from two different people:
“What does Spirit have to say about AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and similar organizations? I mean, if by joining AA (someone) gains a clearer understanding of the precious Being that he/she is, isn’t that a good thing?”
“I remember my mother telling me, ‘Therapy is supposed to be a way back to life, not a way of life.’”
Then I received an email from my dear friend, Mikala St. Germain. Here’s part of what she said:
“Hi Johnny, As I was reading this, I thought of positive addictions, like your jogging. Not all addictions are negative, and (Spirit) says that, kind of…. “
I replied to Mikala that I had never thought about “positive addictions.” I hadn’t considered my jogging an addiction. But I do love it, and would find it hard to give it up. So does that make it an addiction?
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines addiction as the “compulsive physiological need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be physically, psychologically, or socially harmful….”
Here’s part of what Spirit said in our Addictions article last week:
“…we believe addictions are a good thing. Because they temporarily take you away from your pain and help you feel good. You will — you must — ultimately come to the point where you know you don’t need anything or anyone outside yourselves to feel good. But, in the meanwhile, any light is better than the darkness.”
So is jogging an addiction? Can you become addicted to therapy that’s supposed to help you quit your addictions? Are there negative and positive addictions? Please comment below.
We welcome your comments and thoughtful opinions. Please keep them kind and compassionate. If needed, we’ll edit for clarity. Also, we’ll delete anything we consider inappropriate.