I don’t know why I can’t stop myself.

I’ve heard this complaint from many of clients over the years.  We all want to maintain control of our behaviors and our life.  We cherish the ability to choose what we do, and do not do, throughout the day.  People with addictive behaviors know how hard it is keep things in control, particularly their obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors.  The older the habit, the harder it is to change.  At times it seems like you’re fighting a ghost.  Just when you think you’ve wrestled back control of the problem, you lose control and off you go, where you wish you wouldn’t. Today’s new brain research explains the neural dynamics of an addiction and helps us understand why the undertow of an addiction can undermine the best thinking.  With this new science, and the ability to get help from those who understand how to change, we can more easily wrestle control of addictive behaviors and achieve a life of freedom and choice.   The New York Times ran an Opinion piece in the Sunday paper this past week that I think is worth reading.  These concepts I teach and integrate in counseling sessions.  I wanted to share it with you. The Amygdala Made Me Do It