Have you ever noticed that when you smile you feel good? Or, do you believe that you have to feel good first to smile? Try smiling more and see what happens!
By Dr. Margaret Paul
Help with recovery from addictions - substance abuse, including alcohol abuse, drug addiction, food addiction, as well as healing from sexual addiction and addiction to love, power and control.
Addictive behavior comes from the intent to avoid pain. When we have not learned to love ourselves and have not learned healthy ways of managing pain, it is likely we will abandon ourselves by turning to one or more addictions in the hopes of avoiding feeling our pain. The problem is that the addictive behavior, such as eating a muffin or having a beer, works for only a short time, and then the addictive behavior itself becomes a cause of pain. Inner Bonding, which is a process for learning to love yourself rather than continue to abandon ourself, is a powerful process for addiction recovery.
12-Step addiction recovery groups are extremely helpful for anyone wanting to move into abstinence from both substance and process addictions: food, drugs, alcohol, sex, spending, gambling, anger and violence, caretaking, and so on.
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Recovery from alcohol abuse, drug addiction, nicotine addiction, and food addiction through the spiritual process of Inner Bonding. Heal the anxiety, depression, aloneness and emptiness that underlies substance abuse.
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Articles about recovery from sexual addiction and love addiction. Through Inner Bonding, heal the anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-esteem, low self-worth, neediness and emotional pain that underlie love and sex addiction.
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Articles related to all forms of addiction, using the Inner Bonding process as the foundation for recovery from substance abuse and addiction and process addictions - such as gambling addiction, work addiction, spending addiction TV addiction, video games and Internet addiction. Articles related to addiction to anger, withdrawal and caretaking.
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Sometimes it is helpful to have role-modeling for dialoguing with the wounded, addicted part of ourselves. Perhaps these dialogues can be of help to you to dialogue and take loving action rather indulge in your addictive behavior.
If you had a loving adult taking loving action for your inner child regarding addictive behavior, what would this look like for you? What would your inner child like from you? We invite you to write about your own experiences regarding what has worked for you.
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