Addict-1. to cause to become physiologically or psychologically dependent on a habit forming substance. 2. To occupy (oneself) with or involve (oneself) in something habitually or compulsively. From the freedictionary.com.
Two weeks ago in Sunday school for the teen group, one of the youth leaders, Hershey Garner said, “We are all addicts.” I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. It’s so true.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s heroin overdose this week is another tragic reminder of how hard it is to be in a body on the planet. For me it is crucial not to look at Phillip Seymour Hoffman from the outside and say, ‘sucks for him.’ It sucks for all of us. For me it’s crucial that I recognize that I’m no different than him. No, I’m not a heroin addict, thank God, but I’m a human in a body, dealing with addiction. We all are.
Whether it’s shopping, eating, working, gambling, alcohol, drugs, drama, or (here’s a good one) the way we repeat our behaviors in relationship, we’re all addicts.
I don’t watch much TV, so I’m not familiar with Russell Brand’s work. But I did see a piece he wrote about addiction that was spot on. I love that the answer, at the end of the piece, his salvation, is another addict. We’re all addicts.
Another TV reference I’m more familiar with, I have been known to stay up late and watch him because he makes me laugh out loud, is Craig Ferguson. Craig did a monologue one night about alcohol addiction that is so brutally honest and fabulous. He speaks as Russell did about the daily life long vigilance it takes to remain substance free.
These are men who see their addiction for what it is and are hitting it head on.
Today in my twitter feed I saw this article from Good Morning America referring to the “biggest study of its kind,” a study linking sugar intake to heart fatalities. My first reaction was indignation (my own compulsive behavior at work). ‘How many studies do they have to do to prove this? Seriously?’ That’s what was happening in my brain. We have huge buildings across the country filled with poison labeled as food (grocery stores). In particular I’m fascinated with gas station ‘foods.’ Skittles, M&Ms, Doritos, doughnuts, hot dogs, corn dogs, pizza. It’s enough to send a raw food gal into post traumatic stress disorder. And still we have to have more studies to show that it’s causing heart fatalities?
We have a whole country full of nonfood disguised as food, and hospitals full of sickness as a result of nonfood ingestion, so it’s good we have people doing these studies to keep drawing awareness to our food (or nonfood as the case may be) addictions. According to the Center for Disease Control heart disease is THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH in the United States. Hopefully more and more of us will see our addiction for what it is, like Ferguson and Brand, hit it head on, and reclaim our lives. We are all addicts.
Wendy Finn is the mother of 4 boys, owner of I.M. Spa, a Raw Food Enthusiast and educator, a world traveler in pursuit of superior massage education, a Master Massage Therapist of 20 plus years, a gardener, and a nursing student. She’s passionate about touching people and sharing health.