"Addiction is the state of being enslaved to a substance or habit, the cessation of which causes emotional distress or bodily trauma. It takes away from ordinary life responsibilities such as work, relationships, or health, and consumes a disproportionate amount of time and energy. You can locate your addiction by identifying that sacred cow that, when kicked by a family member or friend, you defend most forcefully. You have had your doubts about it, if not downright guilt and shame, and you have tried to lay it down, but you are compelled to return again and again on a regular basis, trying to deceive others as you deceive yourself."
- Michael Pearl, No Greater Joy magazine, October 2014 (full article)
This passage will say something different to each person reading. (To some lucky people, perhaps it says nothing.) Does this say anything to you?
I know what it says to me.
What things in life have you had to give up for the health of yourself and your family?