Monday, 11 January 2016

Don't Act Out - Reach Out!

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by GYE (See all authors)

In the 12-Step groups they say that to recover from addiction you just need two iron-clad rules:

1) Don’t act out, even if your tush falls off!

2) Pick up the phone!

Experience has shown that members who train themselves to habitually “pick up the phone” every time they feel triggered, have the highest rate of long-term success staying sober. Instead of the illusion of connection with the images on the screen, we replace it with the real connection of another human being who understands us and can reassure us that “it will be okay”. We won’t die if we don’t act out.

On a similar note, a recent study has shown that the opposite of addiction is not sobriety but rather CONNECTION (watch this video for a 5 minute overview of this enlightening study). Addiction breeds in loneliness and isolation. It removes us from natural interactions with others and replaces them with intense, hyper stimulated responses to objectified people, giving us the illusion of connection. In recovery, we need to re-learn how connect with real people.

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