Addiction and the Unquiet Mind

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Addiction and Mental Health can tear away at who you are inside.

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Unquiet.

It’s not a word, but we all know what it means: Disturbed, noisy, busy and unfocused. On the outside, you and I can seem so… normal. But inside, our minds are unquiet.

People see the behaviour: drinking, arguments, instability, moods, gloom, fear and wildness. You and I feel it deeply. But no one can see the unquiet.

Addiction is an unquiet mind. 

The mind of the person dealing with addiction or mental illness is anything but calm. The inner chaos begins to tear holes into the fabric of your life. 

The thing is, it is not about being more self-disciplined or wiser. Not about being more on top of things or coping better. These things may help, but the drive comes from inside: the unquiet.

Addiction and mental illness are like a great big sea inside of our brains. Sometimes it’s calm, but when the waves begin to move it will shake us… and everyone around us.

Addiction and mental illness are like a great big sea inside of our brains. Sometimes it’s calm, but when the waves begin to move it will shake us… and everyone around us.

The unquiet mind can be a craving, unstable and insatiable creature. But it also craves connection. We may fear it, but we long to be known.

The cure for addiction, for mental illness, is not from a pill or a treatment. It is from connection. Being known changes you. Being alone makes the voices in your head louder and more obnoxious. But being known calms the voices and the cravings.

Treatment is important, and pills can save your life. Never neglect these, but they are not the cure. They are nothing more than markers on the path towards wholeness. They help you and me to be able to connect, and connection… being known… is what changes you.

Unquiet does not have to define your mind, it is merely a state of being. It is how you are right now. What defines you, and what changes you, is how you connect with the people who care about you.

Unquiet does not have to define your mind, it is merely a state of being. It is how you are right now. What defines you, and what changes you, is how you connect with the people who care about you.

If you like this piece, you will like What is Addiction and What is it Not? and Addiction: A Simple Path.

Keep it Real

Photos by smswaby

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2 thoughts on “Addiction and the Unquiet Mind

  1. This is exactly how I feel most of the time, jumping from one thing to the next. I have found that jut giving my self time to let my mind “do the rounds” of thought helps me considerably. It’s way less exhausting than constantly tiring to fight it. I say ride that wave, but learn from it afterwards.

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