Overcoming Addictions

Breaking an Addiction

Hootie1It isn’t long after a child is born that he/she begins to develop addictions.  Some of us continue the process throughout life.  Forget drugs, tobacco and alcohol.  We often select our own “acceptable” set of things to be addicted to.

This old favorite post is the story of one addiction broken with the help of a family pet.

For months my daughter Traci had been trying unsuccessfully to break my granddaughter, Jadyn, of her addiction to a pacifier.

Without the pacifier there was no sleep for Jadyn or anyone within hearing range. Within seconds of getting the pacifier she would go sound asleep. This pacifier was the “Ambien” of the toddler world.

One day I received a picture from Traci with the caption, “Now we have two addicts.” Family dog, “Hootie” has the habit.  But the whole affair was a miracle in disguise. Once “Hootie” got his lips on the thing, Jadyn decided to “pass” on the “pacifier.

Made me think about a lot of adults, one I see in the mirror occasionally, who still hang on to their own “pacifier” and refuse to do what it takes to give it up.  Want to borrow “Hootie?”

I have faced many addictions.  Some have disappeared from my life completely and some I still battle every day.

[reminder] How about you?  Have you been delivered from an addiction?  What things besides the list of drugs, alcohol and tobacco etc, can one become addicted to?  How do you fight the things you are tempted to be addicted to? [/reminder]

Your comments will be very helpful.