Rachel – Is a heroin addict and knows it. You may be an addict and don’t know it!

Watch this amazing video produced by my newly discovered friend Mitch Barr.

This is an amazing, eye opening, interview about addictive behavior!   As a holistic eye doctor, I have long sought the answer to Rachel’s dilemma.  Which, as I view it, is  how to  best understand any “addictive” behavior problem and overcome it permanently! Food in excess or the miserably toxic quality of fast food restaurants is an addiction, like drugs!  Why?  Because, as Rachel knows, it will kill you but yet you still do it! You “cannot stop“! McDonald’s, Burger King and KFC is betting on it!

Can we avoid or reverse addictions? I am always seeking a method of helping my patients achieve personal growth and change, when I diagnose potentially catastrophic future illnesses during a holistic eye exam.  Via DRI, digital retinal Pills -  Addictionimaging, we can potentially diagnose future disease like: strokes, heart attacks, diabetes and blindness.  I clearly explain their illness and give them information on how to resolve it.  Yet most seem unable to change and prevent disaster.

As Rachel is telling us change is difficult!  She calls it something like the “devil of addiction” talking to her.  I think this choice of words is disabling and destructive!  When you picture a devil, you know you will be in constant battle and you likely believe the that the god like devil is too powerful for you to overcome.

However, I wonder if, in some ways,  people like Rachel are less diseased then most Americans?  What if  the world is full of  “numb” people who don’t get “excited” and involved in anything and as such don’t get addicted, as easily as Rachel does?  Is being “numb” an illness?  In the 50’s, angry mothers marched down the streets of the USA in large numbers protesting a small increase in milk prices! Today Monsanto genetically alters food and spends millions to fight for campaigns to keep you uninformed by denying you information about the toxic foods they have created and the toxic chemicals they use as pesticide. Most of you know about it and yet, you who know, keep poisoning yourself and your children with their “food”.  How does this possibly indicate that Rachel is healthier than you?

What is worse a passion that can lead to addiction or a passionless slow death? Think about this.  What if the deadreason people like Rachel get addicted is because they are “passionate” people that get addicted because of their passion for the depth of their life experience (something you don’t have)?  Artists are filled with “entheos,”  the creative power of emotion. The word entheos derives from Latin meaning filled with God’s Spirit.  Artists get addicted as we all know from the newspapers. Actors and actresses, musicians, fine artists of painting and sculpture seem to wrestle with this dilemma.  They get addicted to drugs and alcohol.  The rest of humanity seems immune or is that they are too passionless to be truly fully alive?  Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying, “Sadly enough many live to the age of 21 only to be buried at the age of 65.”  This may be what he meant!

Maybe we need to think outside the box and realize that drug addicts may have far greater potential than average people!  Maybe the cure is not to fix the drug addict’s disease but help them focus their “passions”  on great achievements!  Help them substitute their drug addiction (passion) for a passion for good?  Can you picture an addict who is addicted to exercise and good diet … to the extreme?  It may not seem perfect to you but it is a heck of a lot OutSideTheBox01better than drug addiction!  I am not sure I have the answer to drug addiction but I can see how addictive personalities (which may be entheos filled passionate people) might turn away from viewing the “devil” whispering into their ears. Instead they might be seeing God’s love  filling them with an explosive motivation to achieve, in a tireless fashion, as Thomas Edison did when working on creating the light bulb.  Thomas Edison was so “involved” that he slept only for a few hours in a closed roll top desk in his lab so he could work on and on until he succeeded!  Was Thomas Edison an addictive type of personality?  I think so!

What about the “numb” people who are like sheep marching to their slaughter?  I am not sure how to awaken a dead passion in average people!  Yet I am beginning to think that “addicts” have a bit too much in some circumstances.  Perhaps this means that in the right circumstances we can awaken passion and life in the seeming less passionate.  Is this not what men like Tony Robins seek to do?  It is why I studied hypnosis.  I believe this dream is possible; however, I have yet to solve this problem, only define it and even there it could use more work.  Maybe this essay will  provoke some outside the box thinking that might lead to a solution to both problems.

Janr Ssor


One comment on “Rachel – Is a heroin addict and knows it. You may be an addict and don’t know it!

  1. Here is an interesting follow up to my above essay in the form of another author’s essay, that I think makes an interesting reply.

    5 Signs You Have An Addictive Personality

    ……. see the original article here: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-15682/5-signs-you-have-an-addictive-personality.html

    Even if the line is thin or blurred at times, there’s still a barrier between acceptable behavior or enjoyment of hobbies and addiction. But how do you know if you’ve taken it a step too far?

    According to Dr. Stephen Mason in an article published in Psychology Today, that question is hard to answer for 10 to 15 percent of the population.

    For those who are unwilling to admit this issue, the path to destructive behavior can severally damage or ruin other aspects of everyday life and personal relationships.

    If you think you might be walking down this dark road, here are five signs often found in individuals suffering from addictive personality and related disorders, and how to avoid giving in.

    1. Inability To Control Impulsive Behavior

    Ever feel like you simply can’t resist the appeal of a new hobby or activity? As Dr. Dana Davis of Scitable notes, a weakness for impulsive behavior is a clear indicator of addictive personality.

    While there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the latest trends or even simply trying new things to spice up your life, a consistent and unrelenting need for the “next great thing” is not a stable approach to daily activities.

    If you’re suffering from this aspect of addictive personality disorder, slowing things down when that rush of excitement hits you is the key to overcoming these urges. Spending a few seconds looking at the situation from a rational perspective puts the fervor and excitement of the moment on the back burner, helping to keep you calm and overcome powerful impulses.

    2. Weak Commitment To Personal Goals & Values

    Those of you who identity with impulsive behavior probably know that the logical follow up to that trait is a weak overall commitment to personal goals and values. As each impulse strikes, it’s only natural to leave your former passion and desire out in the cold as you chase a new concept or activity.

    In a New York Times article, Bryce Nelson explains this sensation-seeking predisposition can make others view your personality or commitment to events and ideals as flippant or superficial.

    Overcoming this trait of addictive personality is a little tricky. After all, people change, so it’s unfair to assume that you’ll remain a static character forever. The best way to combat this problem is by enacting an honest evaluation of your current goals when a new interest enters your life.

    Instead of just jumping ship, try to take a long-term approach and see if shifting your perspective or allegiance to a certain cause or activity is really worth the cost of moving away from where you currently stand.

    3. Constant Stress & Anxiety

    Nelson goes on to point out that dealing with an addictive personality comes with quite a bit of stress and anxiety. Whether it’s personal regret for impulsive actions, substance abuse or disappointment leveled against you by others, the burden of battling addictive traits can weigh you down with anxiety and stress.

    Thankfully, admitting you have a problem with this type of behavior and seeking help is the best way to lift these negative feelings. No one is perfect so this isn’t a quick and easy fix, but you’ll soon rest easier knowing that you’re doing everything in your power to break the habit.

    4. Recurring Themes Of Social Alienation

    Another major sign that you’re fighting an addictive personality comes in the form of social alienation and loneliness.

    By flitting from one social group to another, or constantly jumping between hobbies, it’s no surprise you’ve probably replaced deep, lasting bonds with transient and short-lived connections. Obviously, other factors play an important role when determining how your social life unfolds, but adhering to a slower, more reasoned approach to impulses and commitments is the best way to shed this persona and let your true personality shine through the shadows of addictive personality disorder.

    5. Mood Swings & Negative Self Worth

    The final and most telling sign you’re suffering from addictive personality disorder is a negative self-image and a penchant for mood swings.

    While the thrill of a new addiction or impulsive provides a high of its own, the truth is that when these feelings of happiness ebb, all you’re left with are the ramifications of this destructive behavior, especially if things like drugs, alcohol and gambling are involved.

    Again, the best way to fight back against this issue is admitting you have a problem. From here, you can reestablish a more appropriate and positive self-image. Once you have the true value of yourself back in place, you can begin the healing process with the help of others and overcome addictive personality once and for all.

    ————— end ———————

    Janr’s added text: This article again assumes that the “addictive” personality is an illness that needs medical care. I think we all need to grow, likely until the day we die. We all need some improvement and what and how much varies with the times and situations we find ourselves in. I am not sure I want to make the “addictive personality” conform and become like everyone else; however, I would like to see if the energy it creates can be channeled into a highly productive being who is of value to society ……….. Janr

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