Addiction – Part 1

#addiction #Impulse #Debt #BuyItNow

DON’T READ THIS!!! You don’t have any addictions.

I can stop any time I want.
It has been a hard day, you deserve a treat.
It’s not hurting anyone.
It tastes good.
It makes you feel good.

If you have heard that little voice inside you say one or more of these, then maybe you want to consider the possibility that you might have an addiction. I have had several such as wanting to be popular, wanting to be everyone’s friend, sweets, junk food, and… I am one of the 70% of men who have had (past tense) to deal with sex and porn addiction.

Where some of these might not seem like addictions, I probably have a different definition of addictions than most people. To me, anything that is repetitive that hurts me, or the people that I love (or love me) is an addiction. But you say, how is wanting to be popular an addiction? Quite simple, do you ever feel that you shouldn’t do something but do it anyway? Do you ever hear those voices in your head telling you that you have to look good, you need to diet, you need to spend money on clothes, food, gadgets, etc. Okay, I guess I have to say that I have not literally heard voices, but I have had these thoughts that we call voices, and they are hard to ignore. Now, anytime I hear that voice telling me to do something that I know is wrong, and I have done it before, I know that it is an addiction.

But then again, I want to be popular, so I have to look cool, buy the big brand name clothing, the latest gadgets, expensive coffee, “It’s not hurting anyone”, right? Wait… Why am I telling myself that “it’s not hurting anyone”? Is it? Who is it hurting? ME?

How much money was I spending on trying to be popular? How much debt did I go into? I think that at one point my minimum payment on my credit cards, plus regular monthly expenses (rent, electricity, cell phones and cable) added up to like $4,000 per month, and I was only making $2,000! How did that happen? Now who is going to tell me that wanting to be popular is not an addiction?

Anytime you hear that voice telling you to do something, or that it is okay, or that you will feel better; THINK AGAIN!

This voice is not your friend, it is temptation, and it will do anything to trick you into doing things that hurt yourself, or hurt those around you. Next time you hear that voice, ask yourself, why are you trying to convince yourself?

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