Getting The Main IdeaWondering what the best method for ending an addiction is? Me too? I've found out some "Key Concepts" that I think are the most useful. The first thing I'd like to do is explain why I think it's important to deal with concepts. A concept could be termed a "General Idea".
Here are some dictionary definitions for "Concept":A general idea derived or inferred from specific instances or occurrences
Something formed in the mind; a thought or notion
(Philosophy) a general idea or notion that corresponds to some class of entities and that consists of the characteristic or essential features of the class
Why Deal In ConceptsOne thing I found, when I was new to this deal, was it wasn't easy for me to remember key points I had decided were important. I'd be reading a book and come across something I really wanted to remember, I'd write it down. I'd know that if I had this "new idea" (concept) stored right up in the front of my brain it would do me a world of good.
Then I'd lose the paper. I'd know there was something important written on it, but I couldn't remember what it was. So I'd have to go back through the book. Couldn't remember what I'd forgot, but knew I wanted it. So I started to set up reminders.
One of the reminders concerned meditation. I did this because I'd meditate each morning and do my best not to think. I'd say to myself, "This is the way it should be. All those thoughts are getting me nowhere. Remember that...". Then I'd stand up and start thinking. More like I'd stand up and instead of following my breath I'd start following my thoughts. It was tiring - wearing, and I didn't want to do it. So I Set up a reminder. I needed something, as a reminder, so I'd remember and breathe. Be conscious of breathing as when meditating.
Reminders: Healthy TriggersWe remember by association and so if I decided that "Coming to a halt" at any time during the day would remind me to breathe. And it did. I'd be working away and have to get a drink of water, or whatever, I'd go to where the water was and I'd stop there - then I'd remember. Then I'd breathe. Then I'd feel better. Kind of stupid simple but the idea, the trigger has stuck with me for years now. Stupid simple - and still working.
Addiction Recovery: As A SkillAs I write about addiction recovery, and getting started on a self determined path, I'm always looking for the most useful stuff I can offer. Any little tricks to become better at what we're doing. So what is the 3D deal? What are the D's? They're the main ingredients in the recipe for complete recovery. I think the end result of recovery should be a state of happiness. That would be the opposite of a state of ignorance and fear. Ignorance of the world sponsors fear.
The first "D" is the first best thing we can do for ourselves after we've stopped practicing our addiction (using). The first "D" stands for diet. Diet is the fastest way to feel better, think clearer and insure the best chance of long term freedom from addiction.
The second "D" is data. You can think of the crappy data we have (and we all have some) as old ideas. Ideas make up the human operating system. They're what is loaded each morning when our brain boots up. Through them we interpret the environment and then we perform tasks based on that interpretation. Like scripts programmed into our heads.
The third "D" is direction. We get our body into it's top nutritional state (for that day), we constantly look for data, factual information that will become the basis for our "Ideas". With the help of as much factual information we can gather on ourselves and the world around us we decide on a direction. The direction I chose to begin my life without the use of addictive substances was to put the 3-D concept to work.
The third "D" (Direction) is based on whatever information we have so far. I knew one thing for sure: I didn't have enough information. So, getting information became my job. This was the direction I decided to take and I'm still doing it today. Through the natural course of events (also known as, not knowing what to do...) I now gather useful information - and pass it along to others.
Where all this looking has led me - Getting Data From Life Directly