It is quite simple: you must give up addictions to be free of pain, but that is one of those things that are much easier said than done.
Your addiction to pain medications or anything else does not seem like a choice, but it is your choice. It is hard to be without pain if you are addicted to meds. Medication for pain just covers up your symptoms, so your actual pain increases. Eventually, the addiction becomes the problem, not the pain. Unfortunately, people all over the globe are dying from their addictions to pain medicines, especially opioids.
Why do people get addicted to anything? Why particularly to sex, smoking, drugs, violence or junk food? Why do they turn to habits that slowly or quickly will kill them? Self-medication or short-term pain relief is one reason, but there are lots of others. Is it possible that people lose control of their senses when their perceptions distort? Do outside factors such as peer pressure or their particular culture says addiction is normal, or at least OK? Or maybe the desire is driven largely by marketers, and society is in charge of their actions? Is it possible that smoking or drug abuse or junk food addiction is not a fault of your own and that some inexplicable force from the universe made you smoke that joint or to get hooked on junk food or drinking?
Of course not, but it is difficult to change. Yet it is necessary if you are to become pain free.
Or put another way, to live your purpose, you have give up your addictions. Click To Tweet
“Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become the next moment. By the same token, every human being has the freedom to change at any instant.” Viktor Frankl
Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.
You have control of your perceptions, your senses, and you are responsible for your actions. You can exit the patterns and biological cycle of addictive behavior with the information in this course. There are lots of examples of ordinary people who transform themselves from the depths of horrible addictions and turn things around for themselves completely. They start fresh. They forgive their past. They live a life free of addiction. If they can, so can you, with empowered self healing.
You are the author of your life. When you Change Your Perception, You Change Your Life.
But first, do you want to be free of pain? You may not think that is possible or it does not have anything to do with addictions. But you need to make the decision to be pain free. An addiction is a terrible thing, but if you already are addicted, you have got to give up your addictions if you want to be free of pain. There is no other way to exit your pain.
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You deserve to be free, happy, and in love. You deserve to adore your life. Without addictions, you can enjoy your beautiful limited time on this earth. Click To Tweet
But do you want to be free of pain? That is the first question you should ask yourself.
Some people, as you know, enjoy being in pain. First, they get to complain and have an excuse to have sympathy from friends and family. Next, they get to be the victim, with all that drama and need for attention. Then they waste their entire lives.
So do you want to be in pain or are you ready to be free of it? It is but a choice. Your Choice, you heard me right. All you have to do is believe it and affirm it. “I am ready to be pain free.” Say it as many times daily as you are able until you can’t say or think the opposite.
Addiction is sad and can be lonely, but it is the consequences of deliberate actions. By the same token, the reverse actions can be taken to a better, pain-free place.
You can tell yourself all day long: “I’m weak! I can’t quit [the addiction]. I’m not as strong as those other people!” but that is a lie and an excuse, and even you probably don’t believe it as much as you would like to.
Addictions are an escape into a fantasy world for some. You can choose brilliantly wonderful visualizations or movement or music that can give you that same escape, and do it better without harming your body, without killing yourself slowly, and without hurting your family. Your family and friends are affected by your actions because many times they will feel sorry and they will blame themselves for your failings.
“People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.” — Norman Vincent Peale”
We see the world, not as it is, but as we are– Talmud
How to Be Free of Pain?
“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” – Mahatma GandhiAsking for Help is a Sign of Courage, not of failure. Click To Tweet
Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. That’s your addiction talking, and it is never ever the sound of truth. Asking for help when you need it is a true sign of courage, and it’s the very first step. You don’t have to know the next 27 steps in the process. You just need to take one step forward now.
So simplify your goals. Complexity always robs you of taking any action. Click To Tweet Simplify by taking one single tiny step in the right direction, but take that step with conviction. Don’t be wishy-washy about it. Ask for help and mean it. Ask for help and show your gratitude by doing what it is that the helper suggests.
Ask for help and watch your world fill with love and support and compassion from people that you thought have abandoned you. They haven’t. It’s YOU that abandoned them through your addiction, and it’s you that has to decide to come back. Click To Tweet
So come back already. The rest of your life is waiting to happen, and you can make it the very best of your life.
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