Idaho Woman Sentenced to Wear Charm Bracelet

It’s a strange probation requirement on the face of it, but wearing the faces of her children in a charm bracelet for the next three years to remind her of what really matters in life could be helpful. A judge handed down this unusual sentence in Boise Idaho this month in a drug fraud case to help a woman stay away from drugs and alcohol.

…[the woman] was sentenced in Boise’s U.S. District Court earlier this month for using fraud to obtain illegal drugs from the hospital where she worked. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge sentenced her to three years of probation and added an extra requirement: He ordered her to wear a charm bracelet bearing pictures of her children to deter her from using drugs or alcohol. …

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I knew a psychologist who could get people out of drug addictions. Transcripts of his group therapy sessions were eye-opening.

It boiled down to admitting the drug addiction, knowing one’s personal “triggers” (things that evoke interest in doing the drug,) replacing unwanted old behaviors with new positive enjoyable ones, having day-to-day self-honesty, getting support of others who made it out, and being reminded of negative consequences of the impulsivity. Repeat as a new lifestyle until lasting change happens.

This freed people from interest in drug use long term because their identity in relation to the drug changed. They shifted from “using will-power to avoid it” to genuinely just not being interested now. Habits can be hard to break, but they do get broken every day.

More people quit addictions than maintain them, and they do so on their own. That’s not to say it happens overnight. People succeed when they recognize that the addiction interferes with something they value—and when they develop the confidence that they can change.

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The odds are, you’ve quit a past addiction yourself.

… Buddhist nun Pema Chodron, author of Start Where You Are, agrees with Anne Wilson Schaef – we all are addicted to something. But she doesn’t blame it on American culture; she says it’s simply part and parcel of our human nature. Chodron explains that we are restless, irritable, and discontent – we find it impossible to just sit still and BE. So we distract ourselves with activity and entertainment: cell phones, texting, video games, iPods, TV, movies, magazines, non-stop busyness to keep us looking everywhere but inside ourselves.

Via HuffPost

If we are all addicted to something, the trick is to practice, day by day, having healthier happier habits. Meditation is often suggested because mindfulness strengthens mental muscles. Meditation helps break addictions.

Interestingly, meditation itself is a potentially addictive behavior. While it is proven make us healthier and happier, like other healthy activity such as running, use of meditation can get out of control. It usually helps us to focus in other areas of life, but we should be mindful about not overdoing it.

Do you crave meditation? Are you meditating longer than an hour at a time or more than once a day? Are you losing interest in family and friends or social activities? If so, perhaps you are experiencing an addiction to meditation. 

Via Learnreligions

It’s strange to me that there is such a thing as meditation addiction. How do you overcome it?

Direct some will power to keep from overdoing this thing that strengthens will power.

Specifically, I recommend using a timer for a few weeks to make a new healthy habit of having a good daily/weekly schedule.

In a purpose driven life, you set life goals and milestones, say during a focus retreat weekend. Plot out reasonable steps to get where you want to be, then spend appropriate time weekly working toward each of your life goals. Remove from your life all that does not align with your goals. Review and update your strategy periodically.

Vision boarding, putting inspiring pictures of your goals around you in your environment can help. Like wearing a charm bracelet with the faces of your children, images of success are a visual meditation prompt.

Visualize success. What is it for you?

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