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Stirred not shaken

Updated: Jul 3

In this thought-provoking blog, we will dive deep into the mechanisms that drive our decisions and behaviors related to addiction.

And a psychological and spiritual process called shadow work.

Harnessing the Power of Science

As we view the science behind neurotransmitters such as Dopamine, Serotonin, GABA, and Glutamate, we will gain insights into our neural circuitry.

Armed with this knowledge, we can embark on a journey to not only understand our addictive habits but also to transform them, harnessing the power of science and tapping into our emotions.

Neurotransmitters are the mighty messengers within our brain that wield incredible influence over our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Dopamine, often hailed as the "pleasure molecule," plays a pivotal role in rewarding and reinforcing addictive behaviors. Serotonin, the mood regulator, impacts our desires for addictive substances and influences our impulse control. GABA acts as a soothing agent, easing anxiety and promoting relaxation, while Glutamate is intricately involved in learning and memory processes.

By unraveling the complexities of these neurotransmitters, we can gain an understanding of one of the many difficulties involved in resisting addictive substances and behaviors and how these very behaviors can become habitual patterns.

Neuroplasticity, the brain's ability to reorganize itself, offers us a tremendous opportunity to rewire our addictive habits. By embracing this concept, we can actively reshape our neural connections and pathways, paving the way for healthier behaviors and reduced reliance on addictive substances and better interface with unhealthy behaviors.

Through a 12-step program, cognitive therapy, recovery coaching. mindfulness targeted exercises and techniques grounded in neuroplasticity and shadow- work, we can forge new pathways that empower us to overcome the urge to engage in addictive behaviors.

The Game of Perceptions- a deep dive to recovery!

One of the tools for addiction we use in our Recovery Coaching is The Game of Perceptions- a board game of self-discovery and spiritual awakening.

In the game (of perceptions) we delve into the emotional aspects of our addictive behaviors, through shadow work. Shadow work is a psychological and spiritual process that involves delving into the hidden aspects of ourselves that we have suppressed or denied. These aspects, often referred to as our "shadows," encompass our fears, traumas, unhealed wounds, and unresolved emotions.

Shadow work recognizes that these suppressed parts of ourselves can influence our thoughts, behaviors, and patterns of addiction. Addiction, in its various forms, can be seen as a coping mechanism or an attempt to escape from the discomfort and pain associated with our shadows.

It serves as a temporary relief or distraction from facing the deeper issues that lie beneath the surface.

However, addiction ultimately perpetuates a cycle of self-destructive behaviors and prevents us from truly addressing and resolving the root causes of our pain.

Through the process of The Game of Perceptions, shadow work allows us to shine a light on these hidden aspects of ourselves. It involves self-reflection, introspection, and a willingness to explore our unconscious patterns and beliefs. By doing so, we gain insight into the underlying causes of our addictive behaviors.

This process requires willingness, courage, and vulnerability, as we confront our deepest fears, shame, and vulnerabilities. Through the game plays moves on the boards, tools, and techniques you begin to acknowledge and integrate your shadows with compassion and understanding.

We learn to accept and embrace the parts of ourselves that we have rejected or disowned. This self-acceptance is a crucial step in the healing process, as it allows us to release the shame and guilt associated with our addictive behaviors.

By addressing the root causes of addiction, we can embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and growth.

I invite you to a FREE introductory round into The Game of Perceptions.

Engaging in The Game of Perceptions allows you to uncover the hidden aspects of yourself that contribute to addictive behaviors. By embracing our shadows with compassion and understanding, we can heal and grow, ultimately liberating ourselves from the cycle of addiction.

If you are struggling with addiction HELP is available:

CALL OR TEXT 988 for emotional and substance-use support

Alcoholic Anonymous

Thank you for visiting my blog

Sandra McKee

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