Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Dealing With Addiction Part II
Sustainable living isn't simply about growing your own food. Nope in retrospect that is the easy part. The hardest part about sustainable living is realizing you have many connections to the just in time inventory, communication and chemical world of modern living, identifying those chains and then breaking them.
These addictions come in many forms and not just smoking, drinking or eating either. Social contact is a big one that you rarely if ever hear anyone mention. I know plenty of people that if they had to spend more than a couple of days without shopping, going to town or visiting with someone is almost ready to put a bullet to their head.
This is why a big part of my self sustaining/survival strategy is identifying those things I am addicted to that are pretty much only a product of today's modern world and getting away from them as much as possible.
Now this doesn't mean I necessarily gave up any particular habit. I just made sure that I could either give it up with little to no side effects or reduce my consumption to levels or substitutes I could produce myself.
Sugar was one of the later that I made sure alternate forms of sweeteners would be available. Hence one of the reasons I began keeping bees.
Caffeine was an item I could find no suitable alternative for so I gave it up for the most part. That wasn't easy and although I do still consume it somewhat in iced tea of course I have learned I can substitute in an acceptable brew for that and survive. I may complain about it a bit but I have done it and know I can again when needed. Coffee on the other hand was something I had to just stop and I have been coffee free for over a year now I think.
The last real step on my removing addiction ladder is however cigarettes. I am now happy to report I have been completely cigarette free for going on three weeks now. Not quite enough time to say I have broke that final addiction to be sure but I have seemed to reach a point where each day seems a bit easier now.
Notice I did not say I totally gave up tobacco though because I do still enjoy my pipe in the evenings but since I don't readily inhale pipe smoke nor am I completely at a loss to produce my own pipe tobacco I do not consider a pipe as a modern world connection so to speak. I suppose I could resort to such things as rolling my own cigarettes or something like that but I doubt even that would be sustainable without our current economy so it's best to just leave all that behind.
My theory is it is much better to get these types of connections or chains to the modern world dealt with voluntarily before we are forced to. I would be very interested in hearing how any of my readers plan on dealing with their little modern day addictions when/if the time comes.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!