Determination of Addiction: Could it be a ‘mind thing’?
I am curious to know because according to experience and studies, It’s clear that once someone addicted to substances lets go of their drug choice, and re-orient their minds towards recovery, the mind/brain begins to heal and function better? This keeps me wondering, could addiction be a “mind thing”? Thanks for your responses!
Everything that dictates human behavior is a ‘mind thing’. Some will call it ‘Will Power‘ while others will call it ‘the power of self-control’. Nothing (save for quick reflex actions esp. when someone is defending themselves from danger) gets into action without explicit meditation, and approval of the brain, that’s simply how a person is designed to work. The only challenge I foresee is that Will Power is engulfed within human desire, something that is too strong to simply blot out by your own self-control. One can decide that they no-longer want to eat, and surely some people can do it until death, but they must have way stronger will power to withstand the temptation to eat (this is mostly ideal but I saw a man who thought he had God, fasted – wanted to make it 40 days like Jesus did – but died on the twelfth day), but most people will be quickly entangled back into old actions due to human desire that keeps bugging them for survival. It is the natural instinct to live, without which most people would be dead. Now when someone starts to depend on addictive substances, the body and mind re-orient to include the addictive substance as one of the things that makes them live, so when someone does not use, it feels like they are going to die in the next few minutes, so the body will work with the mind to help them remain alive, by doing whatever it takes to use again.
Question is: How do those who manage to use their will power to forego what they actually desire, do it? How do they manage it?. I personally think someone must be devoted to well being to a point of death. Someone must determine, whatever happens, I don’t care, if it means I will die through the process of recovery, let it be, but I want to get well. This leads the mind plus body to start losing their power that would otherwise cause one to slip back into old habits. The real enemy of someone getting well from an addiction, is them themselves. Take that power away from yourself, and you may have a greater chance of recovery. I believe every addiction requires a serious change of mind, attitude and the false instinct to survive.
Thank you Fred. I just wanted to be sure that I was in the ball park to think so. Your response is much appreciated and well taken. Again, my apologies for they way my questions may turn out. I am usually rushing typing to at least get it out there before I leave work. I never have time at home.
Thank you Fred for the response, its well detailed and thank you for the question Lparks88, I think it was very clear and precise to the point. We all have tight schedules I can understand, but if you are willing to put out a story or question within that schedule to help so many people, that’s being generous, thanks and keep sharing 🙂