Rabbi Simon Jacobson addresses the topic of addiction while in quarantine.
If addictions are notoriously, perpetually difficult to break, how much more difficult does this prove to be when we face today’s challenges? Can we — and how can we — free ourselves?
Learn the anatomy of addiction. What is addiction? What is it that drives us to addictions that wrest away control of our lives, in the first place? No one sets out with a goal to become… an addict. Which healthy person would want to become a slave, utterly dependent upon a foreign force, essentially at war with themselves?!
Discover how the root of addiction is driven by the need for love and connection. Human beings crave attachment. When we lack healthy attachments, we turn to unhealthy ones. Learn how to transform the dysfunction into the functional; how to gain relief of emptiness and demons by redirecting and channeling cravings toward transcendent goals. You can turn the intense energy of addiction into powerful devotion; commitment to the most noble and lofty of goals, and convert that powerful energy to being the best you can be.