Things Are Going So Well I Think I’ll Become an Addict

You can’t possibly think the same as someone who is addicted because you’re not thinking with an addicted brain.

Most people who foray into the realm of substance abuse and become addicted do so to alter their mood due to intolerable personal pain or anxiety.

Some people still believe this is actually how it happens to people who become addicted to drugs or alcohol. One day a person whose life is wonderful wakes up and makes a conscious decision to self-destruct through the use of substances or bad behaviors. It’s not only untrue, it’s patently ridiculous.

Yet to those unfamiliar with addictions, the normal people or ‘normies’, this is how it may appear. You can’t possibly think the same as someone who is addicted because you’re not thinking with an addicted brain. Those who are addicted do not think or process information like those with normal, non-addicted brains. Neither can, nor will, fully understand the other.

When speaking of addictions, there are two fallacies present in the title of this post — “Things are going so well I think I’ll become an addict.”

First, normies look at Hollywood actors, sports heroes, politicians, musicians or the well-to-do who lose it all over drugs, alcohol or gambling and think, “What a shame. They had it all.” As if those positions in life should somehow make one immune to the throes of addiction or the hardships, pitfalls, struggles, obstacles, and adversities of living.

Clearly, they didn’t have it all. For them, something was missing. Sure, some begin using drugs and alcohol because life for them is good and they just want to add to their enjoyment of it. One must then ask, if life was so good, why wasn’t it enough?

028 The Power of Transformation – HOPE

The Power of TransformationHope springs eternal in the human breast.

This is the first line in a poem written by the philosopher Alexander Pope. Most people who quote from the poem never quote beyond the first line. This gives the impression that Pope was altogether in favor of hope. Or, if merely read as a statement then perhaps he was just neutral on the subject. Would it surprise you to know that he was not a big fan of hope? Why?

Isn’t hope something good to have or to hang on to? Can relying on hope be a bad thing?

Please join me, Dr. Clark Gaither, as we explore this and more in this episode of the Power of Transformation.

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027 The Power of Transformation – small words…

The Power of TransformationHave you ever felt terribly discouraged, whipped, or defeated and someone gave you some words of encouragement that made all the difference? Small words, simple words, delivered by just the right person at just the right moment can make a tremendous impact in the life of another. Words also have the ability to do great harm. I’ll bet during your lifetime you have been the recipient of both kinds of words. Now, which kinds of words do you most often deliver to those around you?

You are probably aware of the messages you receive from others everyday. Are you fully aware of the messages you deliver to others everyday and the impact they can make?

Please join me, Dr. Clark Gaither, as I discuss this and more in this week’s episode of The Power of Transformation.

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026 The Power of Transformation – Variations In Sameness

A rut is like a shallow grave open at both ends.

A rut is like a shallow grave open at both ends.

Is your life what you want it to be? Or, do you feel that your are merely existing rather than living? Have you settled for the routine of the mundane or due you take risks and thrive on the excitement of change? Are you forward looking and leaning in toward your preferred future or are you stagnating, paralyzed by variations in sameness?

Please join me, Dr. Clark Gaither, as I discuss this and more in this week’s episode of The Power of Transformation.

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025 The Power of Transformation – The Singular Imperative

The Power of TransformationWhat is one of the most important aspects of lasting and meaningful recovery? It should be the singular imperative for anyone seeking recovery from alcohol, drugs or other addictive behaviors. Without knowing this one key aspect, lasting and meaningful recovery becomes extremely difficult at best and very nearly impossible at worst.

Even for anyone who has never experienced addiction, embracing this singular imperative becomes paramount for a happy, fulfilling and meaningful life.  What could hold such promise?

Well, lets explore that. Join me, Dr. Clark Gaither, as we explore this and more in this episode of The Power of Transformation.

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