Overcoming Your Addictions – Louise L. Hay

DRUGS AND ALCOHOL are not the only things a person can be addicted to. Gambling, shopping, food, and even relationships can be the focus of an addiction. Often we look for validation from these other sources because we do not feel love or approval for our own selves.

Sometimes we blame another person or a situation for making us the way we are. But nothing in the past is as powerful as what we choose to do in the present moment. When you truly desire change, you can make it happen for yourself.

“Addictions suppress emotions so that we don’t feel.”

I’m so proud of Marianne Williamson for writing her powerful and moving new book A Course in Weight Loss. She takes a spiritual approach to a topic many of us and our family members struggle with—surrender and addiction.

Addictions suppress emotions so that we don’t feel. If we don’t want to deal with what’s in front of us, or if we don’t want to be where we are, we have a pattern that keeps us out of touch with our lives. It can be a food addiction, a chemical addiction, or an emotional addiction. Maybe we’re addicted to running up bills or to getting sick.

If you’re going to be addicted to anything, why not be addicted to loving yourself? You can also be addicted to doing something that is supportive of you, such as doing affirmations. Feel free to create your own or use those in the list below.


I lovingly take back my power. I release this old idea and let it go.

I give myself permission to change.

No person, place, or thing has any power over me. I am free.

I create a new life with new rules that totally support me.

The past is over. I choose to love and approve of myself in the now.

I easily and comfortably release that which I no longer need in life.

I am doing the best I can. I am wonderful. I am at peace.

I am willing to change and grow. I now create a safe, new future.

I refuse to limit myself. I am always willing to take the next step.

I choose to handle all my experiences with love, joy, and ease.

I move beyond past limitations into the freedom of the now.

I love and cherish myself. It is safe for me to care for myself.

I now choose to support myself in loving, joyous ways.

All desire for cigarettes [or alcohol or whatever it is you’re addicted to] has left me and I am free.

Much love,

Louise x

3 Responses to “Overcoming Your Addictions – Louise L. Hay”
  1. Ornella says:

    Hello Louise,
    It’s true when you say addiction, we think about all the substances. With what I do for a living I hear peoples woes on a regular basis. The addictions I hear about are things that people forget how damaging they can be.
    For example a WORKAHOLIC that’s an addiction! It’s sad people put all there energy into work and don’t realize that the family left at home feel neglected and unimportant. It’s wonderful for people to do their jobs but you have to be able to separate themself. I feel fortunate my husband and I have talked about working overtime over the years but then we say “For What?” We can never get that time back, so if financially you are ok then forget the over time. There are times in life where it may be a necessity and other times you have to figure out your priorities! If it means you do without some extravagances than that’s what you do.We are both on the same page when it comes to quantity and quality time that we spend together. For myself I surprisingly became less of a workaholic with each child and I’m so glad for that! Don’t get me wrong, I’m a workaholic when I’m on my own but when the family is around things are different or we do things together. I have no regrets on my time spent with them. You can say our addiction is to each other and we love it.
    When I feel a little overwhelmed with things I have to do, I say live in the moment Ornella, It’ll take you no time to tidy or do whatever needs to be done later.
    The thing I say to myself quite often is Thank you God for all things and remind me to always appreciate it as I do.

    Good Night!

  2. Rachael Luafalealo says:

    Thank you Louise, you truely are inspirtational.

    Love, Light & Peace xo

  3. My addiction…… reading! I actually love my addiction because I learn so much however I have recently realised that, to a degree, it was hindering my relationships .

    I will continue reading however I think balance is in order….

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