from the fix: substituting addictions

From the fix comes this thoughtful and provocative piece I find very interesting. I’m surprised I don’t hear more people chatting up the notion that people frequently get addicted to other stuff in the process of shaking alcohol — whether the new addiction is something totally unexpected and unrelated: food, shopping, sex, power, working, religion, et al.

Everyone who’s battled an addiction understands the concept: You go from smoking to eating; from drinking to shopping; from sex to chocolate to working. You’re substituting one addiction for another in an attempt to compensate for a perceived “lack” — emotionally or psychologically.

So read the whole thing, even though this has never been a problem for you. Oh, and have another Ding Dong with your ninth cup of coffee while you read it.

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About greg w

I believe chocolate in virtually any configuration is the finest dessert in the history of mankind. I believe my wife is the sexiest woman in the world. I believe modern capitalism will never be replaced by a different -- or better -- form of economics. I believe in clutch hitting in baseball. I believe the Kimber 1911 .45 ACP is the finest handgun ever made in America. I believe the Mossberg Flex 500 pump-action 12 gauge shotgun is the best home defense ever made in America. I believe Tom Waits is the best song writer of my generation. I believe unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers. As CS Lewis once beautifully wrote, I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. I believe that, on balance, Christianity has done more good for humans than bad. I believe it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant. And I believe if I yell at the TV during a Colts game, they will play better.

3 thoughts on “from the fix: substituting addictions

  1. feelingmywaybackintolife

    Thanks for reblogging! Interesting post. And the part of ‘getting addicted to the spiritual experience’ sure was an eye opener. I have been sitting here easily getting by on deep experiences while not doing my life. Time to get a move on (did I not say that for 6 weeks already now?).

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  2. greg w Post author

    Yeah, about 15 years ago my wive and I led a healing ministry for about five years for adults who struggled with unwanted compulsive sexual behavior, and I was amazed at the number of participants who eventually became literally addicted to church.

    While they may have dealt with their sexual behavior, it became clear they had done nothing more than replaced it with being in church from the time the doors were opened until they closed, serving on every freaking committee possible, singing in the choir, going on mission trips, and virtually every other service possible.

    Their addiction was painfully obvious to the two of us. The problem was that everyone around them just thought they were the greatest gift to the church, especially the pastor. So this is nothing really new. Irony is not dead, eh?

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