Don’t Believe The LIE of Addiction || Wilderness Therapy at Anasazi Foundation

Don’t Believe The LIE of Addiction || Wilderness Therapy at Anasazi Foundation


One of the—kind of—trademark things about
addiction is that it’s a disease of isolation. Something about the addicted mind makes us
think that we can fix this by ourselves—there’s some shame involved in it and we have to—like—just
sort of will ourselves to fix it. We think that we got into this mess by ourselves
and, therefore, we need to get out of it by ourselves. That’s not correct thinking. So, some of the best ideas—some of the best
advice that I have for somebody who’s struggling with addiction is: don’t believe that part
of it. Don’t believe the isolation part of it. Reach out. Connect. Somebody once said that the opposite of addiction
is not sobriety—the opposite of addiction is connection. Connect with other people. Reach out for help. Don’t be—don’t be overwhelmed by this—this
sense of shame that you have. Instead, try to see—as much as you can—try
to see that condition that you’re in as an indication that you need to reach out and
connect with other people. Let that be a message to you—an indication,
a sort of red flag that tells you it’s time connect with somebody else. It’s time to ask for help. And in that, I can’t tell you all of the steps
to take—but that’s the first one—to reach out, to connect. Don’t be isolated. Don’t believe your own best thinking. Your own best thinking is what got you into
this mess in the first place.

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