Can thought addiction affect health?
The strongest addiction, a million times more addictive than any substance or drug known to man, is thinking. Each of us lose consciousness of our thinking throughout the day all the time and take thinking for granted. Thinking creates everything in our life. No one can see our thinking. But when we lose control of our thinking we can get caught in a dangerous looping of thoughts that keep us locked in our minds.
Little is known about thought addiction. Depressive thinking, obsessive thinking, negative thinking or suicidal thinking are all thought addictions and can affect health, mental and physical, and how we live our lives. Thought addiction can cause sleepless nights, anxiety, fear, stress, digestive troubles, lower self-esteem, lose of confidence, failed relationships, tight muscles, hypersensitivity, and headaches.
Addictions are activated by a Thought
Thought Addiction is where all types of addictions begin
A common experience that everyone has experienced at one time or another in his or her lives is when a song gets caught in one’s head. It seems to play and play. No matter what he or she does, they cannot get the song out of their head.
Well the same thing can happen with a thought. I really think you can identify with a thoughts constantly looping which literally get stuck in your head. What happens is you get overly focused on a thought. The thought could be good or bad. But whatever you get caught in its grip and the thought seems to take over. You become powerless and unable to stop the thought or to defocus. The thought seems to be in the forefront of your consciousness all the time no matter what you attempt to do to prevent it. You become overly obsessed either trying to stop it from loping or lost in its directions. This is mental experience is called a thought addiction.
Thought addiction is a fact, a reality. It happens to you all the time even when you are not aware it is occurring. Thought addiction is the beginning of all known addictions whether it is from a substance or behavior. At first the thought or set of thoughts works well helping you to subdue painful emotions or keep you in procrastination. But after a while it takes over and in the end the relationship you developed with it becomes toxic.
Thought addiction is a new concept but it follows the same rules and damaging relationship development as every other addiction process. Continuing to focus on any particular thought creates a habitual pattern that can wreak havoc on a person’s life. Little is known about thought addiction but it is the key element of any addiction. All addictions starts with the development of a thought first –“I think I need…” “I want…” or I deserve….”
Thought Addiction clouds a person's mind
What is a thought addiction?
Can there be an addiction to a thought? By definition yes it can. The definition of thought addiction is the development of a habitual thought pattern to one thought or set of thoughts. Thought addiction is the returning to a thought that does not serve you. Simply a thought addiction is the ruminating on one or more thought over and over again. Thought addiction can consume you, damage you and can have lasting devastating results that depletes the energy in every system of the body. An addiction to a thought produces a rapid and intense change in mood, emotional pain, mental disconnection from the present and a painful cognitive experience of resistance when there is any attempt to withdrawal from the thought or attempt to stop the thought. Thought addiction can drive a person to repetitively seek escape in another addiction to a substance, emotion or behavior. The escaping the thought into another secondary addiction will cause the person to get locked into another habitual pattern in order to bury the primary addiction (thought). Meaning using another addiction to get rid of the primary addictive thought. Thought addiction is a hidden fact. Devastating effects can become very powerful if ignored. Thought addiction is very real.
A thought addiction can also cause sleepless nights, anxiety, fear, stress, digestive troubles, boring or tense relationships, tight muscles, headaches and yes even death (suicidal thoughts)?
Addiction to a thought is the first step in the formation of an addiction to another substance, emotion, behavior or another thought. Once sober from the secondary addiction, you are still left with the original thought that got into the secondary addiction. If not treated it will certainly cause a relapse of the secondary addiction.
For an example let’s look at how an addiction to smoking starts with a thought.
The first set of thoughts or the hook is “I need smoke to relax” or “I will be more accepted by others” or “smoking will make me more social because everyone smokes”. Then from the understanding of why you began to smoke and the realization that you are addicted, you move into attempting to termination your smoking. Once the cessation of the smoking addiction is completed then one will still be left with the thought that originally started you to smoke if the thought is not shifted or changed. In recovery, if the thoughts, pre and post, have not been dealt with, then it is possible that relapse is inevitable (for example: “I will fail at trying to stop”, “I cannot function without smoking” or “my addiction is different from everyone else”).
The first action to recover from smoking is to stop the behavior. Research has shown that nicotine is out of the body within the first 48 hours but it is the intense habitual mental connection or original thought of need that will cause a relapse, “I cannot reduce my stress without smoking”, “I will no longer be accepted” or “I will gain weight if I do not smoke”. Smokers can build new neural pathways and learn new behaviors and attitudes that can transform the way they see and react to to life situations. This process of thought addiction can also be seen in the development of eating disorders, depression or contemplating suicide and so can the same transformation be accomplished.
So in viewing recovery from any addiction one has to look at what is the thought that began the need for a substance (alcohol, exercise, illegal drugs, legal drugs, or food) or behavior (obsession, compulsion). Once sober you have to look at the residual pattern of thoughts that are left over. Therefore it can then be concluded that the development and ensuing unhealthy relationship with a thought is the cause and the secondary addiction to the substance or behavior is the symptom or reaction to the original thought.
5 “Must Have” Tips on How to Have a Successful Thought Addiction Recovery
There is hope. You can recover from primary thought addiction and its symptoms as well as avoid picking up a secondary addiction.
Recognize the original thought that got stuck in your mind and started looping over and over. Admit that the recognized thought is a problem.
Identify the emptiness, need or desire that the thought originated occupies (like acceptance, acknowledgment, social status or a belief that you are good enough). Accept why the thought became so important and the event that spawned it.
Craft a new list of positive thoughts that you want to replace your negative looping thoughts. These positive thoughts should serve you positively and the path of your recovery.
Repeat to each new thought daily. Once in the morning upon rising and once at night before you go to sleep. Commit to a strong personal contract of self support and accountable.
Create a realistic daily action plan to complete the 4th step with precise and doable steps. Each step should be specific objectives, measurable and time lined. If you follow through, others will see in you and you will feel the changes in 90 days. in order for you to see your success. Create a support community from your friends, family members and peers.
Be extremely mindful of your commitments and responsibilities to complete your action plan that you developed. Have full mindfulness of the goals you set above for healing your thoughts. Shift your mindset to positive and you will be able to achieve the change you desire. Have faith and believe in yourself and you will gain command of your thoughts.
Successfully abating both the cause and the symptoms is not just a dream, it can be a reality.