Just can’t get enough?
You may be addicted.
People can be addicted to more than just drugs and alcohol. People can get addicted to just about anything (even healthy things like running or eating well) as a way to manage and cope, to escape their responsibilities or avoid their problems. Have you struggled with addiction? We are keen to hear your story.
What were you addicted to?
What did it feel like?
Why do you think you were drawn to that particular substance or activity? What in your life were you trying to avoid or escape from?
Tell us about your darkest day or turning point.
What helped you overcome this struggle?
Or how do you keep yourself in check?
Who supports you? What helps the most?
How has this experience affected you?
How do you handle life now?
Has it changed how you view the world, yourself and/or others?
Go for 400-600 words. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org with 'couldn't get enough – your name' in the subject line.
A very simple, light example…
I sometimes get really hooked on daydreaming.
In my head, I am starting my own school in the mountains where all the kids learn circus skills and how to grow vegetables. Or I am swimming in crystal clear oceans with my delectable surfing bae.
Daydreaming is really healthy, important and enjoyable in small amounts. But if I am not careful I can get so stuck in my head I find myself not really listening when I am hanging out with my friends. Or I procrastinate and neglect my responsibilities, which means they pile up, and I feel an even stronger desire to escape someplace nicer.
But that ‘someplace nicer’ (aka ‘greener grass’) doesn’t exist. Responsibilities seem to follow me wherever I go. May as well accept them and get on with it.
When I compare the reality of my life with my daydreams I feel discontented, discouraged and inadequate. If I don’t pay attention to where my mind is at, this can turn into a vicious cycle and leave me feeling pretty rotten about how my life is going.
To keep myself in check I journal my thoughts out once a week or more, so they’re not hanging out in my mind too long. I also try to hang out with people who do things, rather than just dream and talk about doing things. Because dreaming without a bit of doing gets me down, I’ve found.
You can’t be a surfer if you never get in the ocean!