Why We’re All Addicts
We’ve all seen it before, someone with a ton of potential throwing their life away in favor of drugs. Once a straight-A student, they fell victim to their addiction and wasted any chance they had at success. They didn’t know how much their happiness depended on something else which left them a servant to their desires.
Here’s something you probably don’t know: we’re all addicts in one way or another.
This doesn’t necessarily have to mean drugs, it can be anything. It can include your addiction to video games, sex, food, alcohol, social media, sports or coffee…shit, you can even be addicted to sniffing Sharpies. These addictions or love for something foreign allows our happiness to ride on something else and ultimately doesn’t give us full control of our situation.
Take me for example. During the months of October through April, my mood heavily relies upon the success of the New York Knicks. When they lose, I become upset, frustrated, angry and sad. When they win, I become upbeat, excited, generous and nice. However, the one bright spot of being a Knicks fan is that the team rarely makes the playoffs so the season usually ends in April which means less opportunities to disappoint their fans.
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The mood of drug addicts relies upon their ability to obtain and utilize different drugs. When they can’t obtain it, they become frustrated, hostile, angry and pugnacious. When they do use a drug they like, they become relieved, calm, friendly (sometimes) and at peace.
We know that our brain releases something called dopamine when we enjoy something and the reliance upon that something for our brain to disperse dopamine is dangerous. Of course, being a Knicks fan and being a drug addict are two completely different scenarios but they both teach a similar lesson.
As long as we rely upon something besides ourselves for happiness, we’re a servant to it. Knicks fans like myself continue to stuff our hard-earned money into the pockets of James Dolan because we’re hopeful that one day it’ll be worth it. Drug addicts continue to find ways to gather money for their next line of coke because they’re hopeful that one day they’ll feel the same high they did the first time.
So what should you do? You’ll obviously have certain things that make you happy or sad but the key is to not let your emotions take control of you for too long. If the Knicks lose, only let it affect you for a minute. Distract yourself by taking a jog or conversing with your family. Just snorted that line of coke and feeling on top of the world? Allow something else to sidetrack you so you don’t feel the need to return to that state.
We’re all addicts to something and our reliance on these foreign things to make us happy are dangerous. Find inner peace so that you can be focused on your quest.