I read an interesting article today that suggests the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It’s connection. Apparently there’s a lot of research to back up this statement. It also makes sense. Emotional trauma and loss are often at the core of addiction.
You can find the article here: http://upliftconnect.com/opposite-addiction-connection/.
Of course, all addictions are not created equal. You can addicted to cigarettes, alcohol or drugs. You can also be addicted to coffee, or in my case, milk for forty years. Some cause more damage than others. But they all cause damage. We all want solutions.
Tarot actually has a lesson to teach about addiction, which goes something like this…
The card that represents addiction is…
The Devil: Being chained to something or someone
In Life Lessons Tarot this card is found beneath this one…
Strength: Standing up for yourself
Which is found beneath this one…
The Magician: Your hopes and dreams
This arrangement imparts a lesson. If you don’t feel able to fight for yourself and your dreams you may become enslaved to something or someone.
Tarot’s lesson is that the opposite to addiction is not so much connection, but rather, inner strength.
This makes sense.
I didn’t need connection to help me give up milk, I needed inner strength. It wasn’t my relationships which gave me this strength, it was gaining information. Learning that drinking milk could be contributing to my auto-immune issues. Wanting to have a full head of hair and decent eye sight.
However, the solution to gaining inner strength for many others may very well be connection. Those who have strong emotional relationships with other peeps are much more likely to feel able to stand up for themselves.