Isn’t it funny how many people look down on those who are addicted to alcohol, drugs, or money (to say the least), yet they themselves have addiction for others things like phones, internet, video games, etc.?
There is this discriminatory mindset that we have many times when we talk about people who have an addiction. We do not want to spend time with such kind of people; we try our best to distance ourselves for different reasons.
Maybe we think they might harm us. They look dangerous? I am not really sure the answer to this question but you can see the desire not to have relationships with such people.
Many of us are addicted to something in one way or another and we all need help. Today, people all over the world are glued to their phones, one of the most addictive gadgets by far. Let’s face it, you can do almost anything with a phone – play music, watch movies, access social media, take pictures, you name it! This has made us so attached and addicted that we forget to execute our daily set out activities.
We deny that we are not addicted and yet, we cannot stay an hour without looking at our phones. We waste a lot of time on the internet, chatting with friends, downloading, or even watching something interesting.
Then we have video games, food, anything that we become slaves to is very bad. This is a kind of addiction that I call ‘Caffeine.’ Most of us have our own caffeine, of which we need to let go. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with playing video games or Facebook or any sort of entertainment that we like. The only problem is when we allow such entertainment to govern us, if we become slaves to it then we need help.
We need prayer, counseling, friendly talk, something that can help us come out of this hole. Many times we ourselves cannot see that we are addicted. It is difficult because it has become a normal system to us. We go to the extent of doing some of these habits in church, during sermons, when our parent(s)/guardian are speaking with us, when crossing the road, in the bathroom, during lessons in class, meetings, etc. This is when you should know you are addicted.
In as much as alcoholics need help, we, as well, are victims in a different pattern. They need a helping hand, just like us, so let us not discriminate against such people. Let us find time to sit down and talk to them, hear them out, share ideals.
When we do this, it would be easier for us to deal with our addictions as well.
“I have the right to do anything,” you say-but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”- but I will not be mastered by anything.” (1 Corinthians 6:12)
GMF International, Class of 2015-2017