Post by Susan Peabody on Apr 25, 2016 21:19:15 GMT
Can you fight an addiction without either a distraction or sleep.
I wanted to see if I could get through withdrawal without either a distraction or sleep and so I decided to go to war with my compulsion. I was trying to lose weight and I had eaten my last meal of the day. I was depressed so I did not want to wait until I got sleepy. So I lay in the bed and just fought the compulsion to eat. It was quite a battle. Eventually I did win, but I probably won’t ever do that again. It was very painful and took a lot out of me.
Post by Susan Peabody on Apr 25, 2016 21:22:14 GMT
When I explain my theory that distractions help during withdrawal of any addiction, people often ask me do you risk becoming addicted to the thing that you are using to distract yourself. The answer is of course. But some addictions are less harmful than others. For instance, early in my recovery I became very dependent on meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous. My sponsor told me that I would have to learn moderation for the sake of my children, but that if I needed a meeting everyday for God knows how long it was not the end of the world.
What I am trying to say is that eventually “moderation in all things.” But in the beginning you are trying to withdraw from something that is going to kill you and if it takes a new addiction to do this then so be it. The expression, “the lessor of two evils.” comes to mind.