In this episode of Ask Teal, the topic addressed is: Addiction.
Addiction is the participation in a habitual activity or substance that a person seeks out in order to feel relief, but which has more control over a person than a person has over it. Most of us alive today (given the previous statement) are addicted to something. But obviously there are varying degrees of damage that specific addictive activities or substances do to a person’s life. This video is aimed at those individuals who have noticed that their particular addiction is doing damage to themselves and their lives. In this video, Teal explains that addiction only reinforces powerlessness. She outlines steps that one can take to stop their addiction. And goes on to say that the absolute most important part of recovery is to discover and heal the motivation behind the addiction. Teal explains that addiction is not about the substance or activity that we are addicted to. Addiction is always about what we are trying to run away from, avoid or make ourselves numb to with the addiction. Until we find and heal what is beneath the addiction (what led us to the addiction in the first place), the motivation for engaging in the addictive substance or behavior will remain. If the motivation remains, the addiction will remain. The person, whose motivation remains, will experience relapse after relapse. Recovery is not just about removing the substance or activity from our lives, it is about creating a whole new life where we don’t even feel the urge to engage in our addiction in the first place.