Addiction Recovery – Mastering the Addictive Personality
We all have habits. Yogically, we would make a distinction between self-promoting habits (those that are good for you – body, mind and soul) and self-demoting habits (those that in some way or other are not supporting and helping you in your journey here in life). So when does a habit become an addiction?
If your habit is causing you emotional or physical pain, discomfort or torment, then it can be called an addiction. If you have been trying, without success, to control your habit, then it can be given the label of an addiction. If you have controlled your habit or your acting out in one area, but it has changed into something else, then it can take the label of addiction. The title or label of Addict is for those who know, deep inside, that they are destroying themselves emotionally and on a deep soul level. They realise there has to be more, they know things have gotten out of control. Addiction is a hideous, dark place to spend any time in – let alone exist there on a semi permanent level. Yet you reading this and relating to these words is a huge moment, as the moment of change is the realisation that there is more and that the only choice is to give up the addiction and take responsibility for the way forward.
Addictions come in two main categories: Substance Addictions and Process Addictions.
Substance Addictions include addictions to alcohol, tobacco, recreational as well as prescribed drugs, sugar, caffeine, etc. – any substance you put into your body.
Process Addictions include gambling, anorexia & bulimia, porn, sex, emotional intensity, co-dependency, etc.
So what makes someone addicted to a substance (or substances), or to processes like the above-mentioned? Why can some people occasionally drink a glass of alcohol without getting addicted, and others cannot? Why can some people take a trip to Las Vegas and gamble an entire weekend, and then never feel the urge to gamble again – and others can’t give up the habit even when they know they will lose everything they have in life?
The addictions we speak of are symptoms of an underlying personality: the Addictive Personality. Someone with an addictive personality will, when trying to break an addiction, often simply end up with another and move from addiction to addiction, in endless attempts to be satiated.
Kundalini Yoga is a very powerful tool in the road to recovery from both substance and process addictions, and can be taken up alongside other recovery work (Twelve Step or other).
The Addiction Recovery yoga classes I offer in Leicester are part of an approach to Mastering the Addictive Personality. In our classes we focus on, amongst other things: rebuilding the immune and nervous system, overcoming depression, tackling the cortisol addiction that underlies many other addictive patterns, taking responsibility for your own recovery, dealing with your story and releasing guilt & shame, building self-compassion and addressing previous abuse of self and others, building self-esteem and establishing healthy boundaries, detoxification, coming into a spiritual practice, and acceptance and the power of Now.
Important note: If you have one or more substance addictions, you will ideally have to be clean and sober from alcohol and drugs before you can safely start these classes. If you are not, then tell me exactly what substances you still use and how much of them when you contact me, so I know what we can safely do in class and what not.
Duration of a class: 75 mins.
With enough interest, Addiction Recovery Yoga will also be offered as a group class to join, but you can always book in for a private class.
If you are interested in organising Kundalini Yoga Addiction Recovery classes in your organisation, rehabilitation facility, prison, neighbourhood or community centre, or anywhere else in Leicester, please Click here.