Addiction and its associated habits and behaviors are tremendous challenges that those afflicted have extreme difficulty in overcoming. Whatever the type of addiction may be, the addicted individual struggles against these urges, with some having a measure of success and others needing to seek professional help. While there are those who triumph over their addictions after a long, hard battle, there are just as many who revert back to their “old ways” after a few weeks, months, or years.
Why Addiction Develops
At the very core of all addictions are False and Limiting Beliefs (FLBs). These FLBs developed out of the desire to fulfill certain basic needs that an addict has been deprived of in the past and perhaps continues to lack in the present time. Other FLBs developed as part of their survival mechanism, especially if the addict experienced pain and trauma in the past.
All of these FLBs, including the behaviors that give the person peace and satisfaction, are gathered by the Conscious Mind and end up getting stored in the databanks of the Subconscious Mind. It should not come as a surprise, therefore, that during times of duress or in the presence of addiction triggers, the subconscious causes the addiction behaviors and related emotions in order to provide instant relief and temporary pleasure.
Some FLBs associated with addiction
1) “It helps me to get over all the trauma and pain that I have experienced in my life.”
2) “It helps me to overcome my depression and loneliness.”
3) “It relieves my boredom.”
4) “It makes me become part of the ‘in-crowd’.”
5) “It revitalizes my creative juices.”
6) “It clears my mind.”
7) “It relaxes me.”
8) “It gives me the courage to relate with people and when confronting difficult circumstances.”
9) (In the case of gambling) “I expect a huge windfall when I win.”
10) “Once an addict, always an addict.”
To get rid of these FLBs and more, there are a number of reprogramming techniques that you can try out. While using just one among the techniques discussed below may be sufficient to cure your addiction, in more difficult cases, a combination of these techniques may be used.
Mindfulness in addiction serves four main goals…
1) It increases the addict’s awareness of their attachment to the object of their addiction.
2) It allows for the recognition of FLBs which not only have led to the development of the addiction but also those that persist and cause the addict to resist any attempts at cure
3) It allows for the recognition of the negative emotions that accompany and are driving the effects of the FLBs. For example, a gambling addict who has money problems will continue to gamble not just because they want to get out of the hole; they are driven to gamble out of envy and greed, especially if most of the people around them have an easy life.
4) It keeps the mind focused on the present moment, leaving no room for unwanted urges/cravings or distractions.
If you have an addiction and wish to develop mindfulness, it is simply directing your full attention to the present moment. This increases your awareness of the triggers of your addiction. As an example, if you happen to be stressed out at work and struggling to finish deadlines, you find yourself grabbing a smoke. With mindfulness, you will be able to stop yourself from reaching for that cigarette. If you happen to be suffering from a bout of depression, you find comfort in unhealthy junk foods. Being mindful of your bingeing during the depression will enable you to take early action, such as replacing all the junk foods in your fridge and cupboard with healthy options.
In any circumstance where you may be tempted to give in to your cravings, being mindful when this temptation strikes will allow you to pursue another, safer activity, such as going out for a walk and enjoy nature or just reading a book.
Subliminals are special audio files that contain empowering suggestions and affirmations that target various forms of addiction. If listened to daily during a sleepy state in the early morning and before bedtime for at least 30 days or more, the suggestions that are “hidden” in a high frequency behind music or relaxing sounds are instantly received by the Subconscious Mind. Your subconscious then replaces the addiction FLBs with the new affirmations.
Some individuals who are having difficulties breaking out of their addictions have found the strength and willpower to do so by listening to subliminals frequently during their day, and not just during the abovementioned times. They have found these subliminals to be particularly helpful in stopping them from giving in to their cravings.