This past week we were surprised to learn that Demi Lovato was hospitalized for an overdose after 6 years of sobriety. A friend of mine posted about how everyone had an opinion about her relapse but a lot of those same people had issues with addiction or sobriety themselves. I agree. I don’t think a lot of people realize that they may have the addiction “gene”.
Let me explain…
A few years ago, my husband explained to me his theory of everyone having an addiction gene. (He was shooting towards people who have a parent or family of addicts.) If you don’t develop an drug addiction due to your family genes, you will still be addicted to something. You can be addicted to the cigarettes, the gym, coffee, the list goes on. Mind you, I’m looking at my husband really crazy at this point because of this theory. Later on, I realized he was kind of right.
Now a lot of us have developed a certain addiction that no one has noticed.
Either that or people just don’t care. Our generation is addicted to phones & social media. I never realized how much an addiction it was for me until I made an effort to stop. I was using my phone at the dinner table, when I first woke up, before bed, in the bathroom, at work etc. It was really getting out of hand. It is really a hard habit to break. I also feel like a lot of us don’t know how to communicate with each other because of it. We argue through text, we call out of work through text, we would rather email our colleagues than drop by their office. It is just so much that’s really debilitating our people skills, our human interaction.
Little back story:
I actually took certain moments this week & went without a phone. I spent time with my grandparents the other day without using my phone. (Cue the cold sweats lol) I sat on the porch just catching up with them and watched the rain come down. It made me feel like a kid again. We used to sit on the porch and watch it rain all the time. (Or we would even play in the rain. That I wasn’t willing to do that day lol) I don’t think I would’ve been able to really soak up this moment like I did with my phone. Knowing me I would’ve posted it on social media as we usually do like “Look what I’m doing!”
Back to the point,
We all have addictions whether it be your phone, that shot of alcohol, that drag of a cigarette, working too much, or even exercising a lot. The best thing you can do is just keep it in check. If you need help, SEEK HELP! Even if you feel ashamed, your loved ones will be happier that you asked for help than taking a turn for the worst. I pray that by you reading this post it will motivate you to get help and really work on you.
Remember: No one is perfect!
Thank you for sticking with me,