Try something different. Surrender.
In the past you’ve been trying to fight your limbic system. You might yell at it or fight it or give in to the thoughts the limbic system triggers. Has it worked? Probably not. There is Power in Surrendering.
How does the Power of Surrender relate to addiction? Addictions often occur in direct correlation to trauma. In the past, you were unable to deal with the feelings you were having so you found a way to numb them. Unfortunately, the “fix” for the problem became a problem in and of itself. Now, through the 5 Strategies to Reclaim Hope, you can find both a path for your healing journey and a way to handle your addiction.
Keep in mind that you have the power to choose. When you have a craving you don’t have to give in. You can use the Power of Surrender.
The way to use Surrender in your everyday life is to follow these three steps:
- Recognize that when you have a craving or a trigger that it’s the limbic system. (“There IT is.”)
- Thank the limbic system for trying to keep you safe. (“IT’s doing IT’s job and trying to help me avoid difficult things.”)
- Let it be. Don’t fight the craving or indulge. Instead redirect your mind to something healthy. (“IT does not control me. There are better ways to deal with my trauma.”)
So if you have an upsetting day and your limbic system, in trying to help, tells you that you NEED to have whatever it is you’re addicted to, then follow the above steps. Recognize that it’s the limbic system – that this is NOT coming from you consciously. Thank it for trying to keep you safe. Let the craving be. Find a different way to deal with your bad day. Call a friend, go for a walk, drink a glass of cold water. Find a new way.
This way you’re not fighting against your limbic system, you’re not fighting against the cravings or triggers, you’re simply recognizing them, allowing yourself to realize that they have no power over you, and letting them be.
Cravings and triggers may never go away completely, but you can learn to recognize them for what they are and let them be.