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Anxiety

Addiction and Rational Emotive Therapy (RET)

Want to know the truth about how to change your life in six words? Here you go: “What you believe determines your experience.”

That’s one of my favorite principles of Spiritual Psychology, because it sums up the power of our beliefs to influence every aspect of your life.

You’ve seen this truth play out, haven’t you? To give just one example, consider how your attitude toward the world shapes your daily life.

When you’re able to believe that the universe has your back, you have a very different experience than when you believe that the universe is out to get you.

But even if you understand the importance of managing your mind, you may be unsure as to how to work with the beliefs that cause you grief on a daily basis.

Enter: Rational Emotive Therapy.



Dual Diagnosis

Addiction and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Have you ever considered that you have the ability to pick out your thoughts just as you pick out your outfits each morning? It’s true. Based on the thoughts you select, you get to determine how your felt experience of the day will go.

As Elizabeth Gilbert wrote in Eat, Pray, Love: “You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate.”

One proven, research-based way to do just that is by using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).



Anger

Addiction and Self-Forgiveness

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” That’s the first quote that comes up if you search Google for quotes about forgiveness.

This is fascinating given that so many people shy away from forgiveness for fear of giving up their power! They’re so scared to give up on being right, they don’t see how much they stand to gain by being free.

As you’ll discover in this post, forgiveness -- whether it is offered to another or to yourself -- really is an attribute of the strong. It’s also a vital step on the road to recovery from addiction.



Anxiety

Addiction and Limiting Beliefs

“When you argue for your limitations, you get to keep them.” This quote, attributed to Les Brown, sheds light on the powerful nature of limiting beliefs.

Simply put, what we believe determines our reality.

If you’re carrying around a lot of weighty, self-limiting beliefs, you’ll find...


Dual Diagnosis

Addiction and Projections

“You spot it, you’ve got it.” Ever heard that popular catchphrase? It means that the qualities you see in others - the ones that secretly drive you crazy - are the same ones that you have within yourself.

How does this work? The idea is that our soul is always trying to evolve, and when we refuse to look at our own faults and shortcomings, it brings them to our attention in other people.

The qualities we most reject and fear within ourselves are the ones that we see reflected in others. It’s the universe’s way of taking a big yellow highlighter over that particular area of our lives, drawing our attention so that we can heal.



Anger

Addiction and Judgments

“That shouldn’t have happened.”

“What a jerk.”

“I totally screwed up.”

“I am a total screw-up.”

All of these statements are judgments, and all of them have the power to ruin your life if you let them.

Does that sound overly dramatic? If so, then it’s time to get acquainted with the true nature of judgments.



Anxiety

Addiction and Food

Imagine living in a world where your drug of choice was on sale everywhere you turned. How tough would it be to stay sober? How hard would you fight to recover in the face of a culture that encourages consumption?

Those are the tough questions faced by the millions of people who struggle with food addiction.

“My drug is cheap, the cheapest of all drugs, and therefore the most pernicious,” writes Vera Tarman in her book Food Junkies: The Truth About Food Addiction.



Anxiety

Addiction and Gambling

Do you know what it’s like to look down at a stack of cards and think, Just one more hand … even though that’s what you told yourself an hour ago?

If so, then you probably already know the truth of John Milton Hay’s observation:

"True luck consists not in holding the best of the cards at the table; luckiest is he who knows just when to rise and go home."

The problem for people with gambling addiction is that they lose that ability to know when to quit. They’ve lost the “off” switch for their behavior, and they don’t know how to get it back.