Changing the Universal, Limiting Beliefs that Cause Bad Habits and Addiction

• Existing research on habits and addiction – a BIG ZERO
• Conventional, limiting beliefs held by nearly everyone with a bad habit
• The only obvious way to change a limiting belief
• Why we fall into the trap if bad habits and feel stuck with them
• How to escape the trap without trying to escape

In this webinar, we will discuss: “Habits” – or – “addictions” that are harmful to you in some way, that you believe are possible to stop (thus, here we are). How existing research on habits and addiction adds up to a BIG ZERO.

Fact: There is no consensus as to the cause of (or cure for) addictions or persistent bad habits. The cause of alcohol use disorder [alcoholism] is still unknown.
Healthline.com Medically reviewed by Timothy J. Legg, PhD, PsyD, CRNP, ACRN, CPH on August 23, 2017 — Written by Darla Burke

Since the exact cause of [heroin] addiction is unknown it has been determined that it is a combination of many different factors. These factors may include: Genetics, brain chemistry, environmental, and psychological factors. Park Royal Hospital The precise cause for the development of addiction remains unknown; no one is exactly sure why one individual becomes addicted to a substance while another does not.
Delta Medical Center http://www.deltamedcenter.com/addiction/barbiturates/signs-symptoms-effects

Interesting Fact: The majority of addicts recover on their own, without treatment. “Most people recover and most people do it on their own. The implicit message is [not] that treatment isn’t important for many—in fact it should probably be made more accessible—but it is simply a fact that most people cure themselves.”
Sally Satel Yale University School of Medicine https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/can-you-cure-yourself-of-addiction/
The only consensus is: Addiction and unhealthy habits are HARMFUL.

Question: Given the mass confusion surrounding habit and addiction treatment, what should we believe about these problems?

Answer: Whatever helps you change the behavior! If this helps you, believe it! Unknown to modern science, spiritual research indicates that 40% of the causes of addictions are due to ghosts or departed ancestors from the spiritual dimension. The seeds of addictions are introduced in the womb itself by such entities. Due to the spiritual nature of the cause of addictions, only spiritual healing can effectively overcome addiction.
The Spiritual Research Foundation https://www.spiritualresearchfoundation.org/spiritual-problems/addictions/

Conventional Beliefs about Addiction and Unhealthy Habits

Conventional belief: They fill a need or “void.”

Logical belief: They create a void.

Conventional belief: It’s enjoyable.

Logical belief: You are only able believe this because you are defining enjoyment narrowly. An unhealthy habit may ruin every other aspect of your life, which you do NOT enjoy.

Consider: Enjoyment is learned and taste is acquired. You have come to believe you enjoy certain activities and substances, based on factors that may have nothing to do with the actual substance or activity. Conditioning of some sort is involved.

Conventional belief: Abstinence will bring intolerable suffering, anxiety and withdrawals.

Logical belief: No, it won’t. Your beliefs about withdrawal symptoms exacerbate the symptoms.

Conventional belief: It’s a crutch.

Logical belief: It’s not a crutch. It’s an injury.

Conventional belief: The body wants or needs it.

Logical belief: No, it doesn’t.

Conventional belief: It will be too difficult to quit.

Logical belief: It’s not difficult to quit once you step outside of the conventional belief system.

Conventional belief: They come from low self-esteem.

Logical belief: They create low self-esteem.

Conventional belief: The negative consequences won’t happen for years or decades.

Logical belief: You live the negative consequences every single day.

The only obvious way to change limiting beliefs

Learn and accept factual or logical evidence to the contrary.

You believed in Santa Clause because your parents told you he existed (and acted accordingly). When they confessed or confirmed that he didn’t exist, you stopped believing. More examples: Why we fall into the trap of bad habits and feel stuck with them.

Conventional beliefs about addiction and bad habits are the trap. They suggest that these harmful behaviors are:

• Pleasurable or enjoyable
• Fill a need
• A crutch to get you through a tough day
• Caused by another condition (low self-esteem, emotional pain, brain disorder)
• Safe to continue for a long time to come

And then come two nails in the coffin:

• They are very difficult or impossible to change
• Quitting causes intolerable anxiety and withdrawal symptoms

Trapped inside this web of beliefs, who wants to quit?

Suggestions for escaping the trap
• Don’t force yourself to change in spite of believing the above.
• Reevaluate your beliefs about habits and addiction.

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