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Victoria Pynchon

There are, unfortunately, many addictions the cure to which cannot be abstinence. Food addictions come to mind, as well as sex addictions. Those of us who have been addicted to substances are lucky to be able to simply stop them altogether. I have a friend who likes to say that she is "addicted to unconsciousness," and that she uses food, shopping and sex to feed that addiction. At the end of the day, all of these diagnoses are tropes for things we over-indulge in to our detriment and continue to over-indulge in even when the results are contrary to our well-being. I know there's also brain chemistry involved, but the key I think is not science, so much, as it is spiritual. And when I say spiritual I mean non-material or simply "of the spirit" as in the spirit of love, of community, of a higher purpose than ourselves, etc.

StephanieWestAllen

Thanks for commenting, Vickie. I am always glad to have you stop by.

The main thing I need to keep reminding myself of is that what works for some does not work for others. And I think there is still so much to learn about compulsions. The brain will teach us, the body will teach us, the soul will teach us.

Victoria Pynchon

Yes, Stephanie, I agree 100% The finger pointing at the moon. Not the finger and not the moon.

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