From Issue: 484 [Read full issue]

The Anti-Drugs

If you're depressed, angry, hurting, rebellious, fearful, insecure, or have some other hole in your life that needs to be filled, instead of filling it up by drinking or doing drugs, try something more satisfying and enduring. Just as you can become addicted to harmful substances or practices, you can also pick up positive addictions, and get high naturally! Here's a short list of positive addictions that may help you fill the potential holes in your life:

Exercise. Working out releases endorphins, which are the body's natural painkillers and positive mood-makers. Have you heard of runner's high, that euphoric feeling you get while running? Truly, nothing can clear your head like a good workout can.

Service. Losing yourself in service to other has always been the best way to forget your own troubles.

Hobbies. Find something you love to do and get good at it. Whether it be photography, cooking, or astronomy, hobbies produce a natural high without the big crash afterward.

Family. No one cares more about you than your family, including cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. When you're hurting, cast your burdens upon them, instead of looking for another outlet.

Faith. Practicing your religion or beliefs alone or with others can give meaning and purpose to your life and offer you standards to live by.

Friends. In times of trouble, lean on good friends. Talk through your problems with them instead of the bottle.

"The 6 Most Important Decisions You'll Ever Make" - Sean Covey, pp. 249-250