Exercise. Diet. Sleep. Meditation. Laughter. They’re all forms of self-care. As a recovering addict, I’ve learned that when I’m in my disease, it all goes to hell in a hand-basket. So I had to put aside my daily life as the walking wounded and learn how to stand in the sun.
Addiction is stressful. Whether you smoke it, snort it, eat it, or buy it, it’s a vicious cycle of hustling to get what you need. Once you’ve laid down with it, you get up the next day and do it all over again. That life is known as chronic stress and is a massive contributor to the top six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide.