Who Am I Without My Addiction?
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*******Boredom…Loneliness…Emptiness. Food…alcohol…nicotine…porn–the minute you quit, you start to try figure out who you really are and/or who you used to be before you delved into the dark caverns of your addiction. You twiddle your thumbs, rock back and forth, jump at every noise and pace your well-worn floors hoping for a “good-enough” alternative. Is there one? Maybe there’s more than one. What if you find the next best thing? Will it turn into another addiction, or will it be that one thing that fills you so completely you have no need to turn to past habits and will replace them with newer “healthier” ones? The yawn-inspiring boredom can be filled with exciting new-found activities. The loneliness can be eliminated with friends and family you may have cut out to nurture your “friendly” addiction. The empty void can be filled with things that soar your spirits to heights past and unknown such as music, laughter, art, books, nature, cars, photography and like-minded groups. Yes, it is tough discovering who you are without your addiction(s), but aren’t you worth discovering you happiness and worth? Yes, you are. Cheers to you and the you you didn’t know you are.*******