Addiction

"it is impossible to understand addiction without asking what relief the addict finds, or hopes to find, in the drug or addictive behaviour" - Dr. Gabor Maté

"An addiction is any behaviour, substance related or not, that an individual pursues because they find pleasure, relief, and crave it temporarily... so they pursue it for the pleasure and relief despite negative consequences and they don't give it up in the face of negative consequences" - Dr. Gabor Maté 

"The addiction serves a purpose such as relieving stress, or it distracts you from emotional pain that you're experiencing, or it gives you pleasure that otherwise is not available to you... The addiction is never the problem but always an attempt on the individual's part to solve a problem... the problem is, why am I having so much emotional pain and how come I don't know how to deal with it... Why is there so much stress in my life and how is it that I can't regulate my stresses without an addictive expression... The addiction isn't the problem, the addiction is actually an attempt at a solution"

The objects of addiction are sometimes interchangeable, in that we often go from one addiction to another. One may be in recovery from an addiction to alcohol and find themselves addicted to eating. Another may replace an addiction with exercise with an addiction to shopping. As long as we do not identify the the real issue beneath, we may simply replace one addiction for another. 

 

Addictions remove us from realities that seem intolerable. When we cannot bear to be in our own skins, in our own bodies, where we experience both the pain and uncertainty of being human, our addictions can throw us into a state of unconsciousness.  

All addictive processes represent an effort to keep feelings under control.

 

Addictions keep us from being fully present in the moment with ourselves, our feelings, our friends, etc.  

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Workshop + Embodiment Practices:
Change your relationship with Anger

This workshop is designed for anyone who would benefit from improving their relationship with anger, which is frankly most of us! From a young age we are taught many things about the so-called negative emotion of anger and many of us have a complicated relationship with anger today. Anger, because of destructive rage, is misunderstood in our culture,  A healthy relationship with anger is key to a more connected, peaceful and successful life. Unprocessed anger has countless emotional and psychological consequences, and can also manifest in our bodies as:

  • Pain in the lower back and chest

  • Digestion problems, such as abdominal pain

  • Neck, shoulder, and hip tension

  • Fatigue, stress

  • Difficulty breathing, shallow breath

  • Headache

  • Insomnia 

  • High blood pressure

  • Chronic Illness

Certified Yoga Instructor, Jill Hogan and Registered Psychotherapist Emma Heutschi, have thoughtfully designed and structured a workshop that will guide participants utilizing evidence-based research and mind/body strategies to:

  • Understand and build new beliefs to accept the emotion of anger

  • Effectively be with and process anger assertively

  • Utilize the gifts of anger to get what you need and keep out what you don’t

  • Learn how to use it constructively, so we aren’t taking it out on ourselves or others

  • Confront barriers and unlearn beliefs that are standing in our way

  • Recognize anger in our bodies and how we can use breath and yoga to assist in processing- and how to bring these skills into your life off of the mat

We will be discussing:

  • What is anger and why/ when does it arise?

  • Understanding our anger responses and how they often develop in childhood.

  • What happens when we trap anger inwards?

  • How can we physically recognize anger in our bodies and how can that be a superpower?

  • Anger is a very effective emotional indicator. How can we recognize when anger is constructive vs. destructive? How can we transform anger into something life-giving: courage, love, change, compassion, justice?

What to expect:

  • This group will help us to look more critically at the rules we have set for ourselves and anger. By identifying where we are in terms of our relationship with anger: through psychoeducation, embodiment practices, and breath.

  • Safe, structured environment where we will explore anger physically 

  • Active participation in discussions is completely optional

  • Personal sharing encouraged but totally optional

  • No prior yoga experience is required

  • Powerpoint presentation, at-home strategies included

Event Details

  • Tuesday August 16 from 6:30pm-9:00pm 

  • Via Zoom- Camera/microphone optional