Thought addiction (TA) is not a popular term to the general public or professionals, but the knowledge about it's effects are spreading through the addiction field.
Thought addiction is very powerful, it is a fact and is a real addiction. What is very true is every addiction is driven by a thought. Thoughts like "drinking will make me more social", "I perform better on a drug" and "no one will like me if I am not high".
Whether it is substance addiction, eating addiction, emotional addiction, gambling addiction or sex addiction every addiction starts with a thought.
to break it down to a simple idea, every act in life starts with a thought. Even when a person becomes sober or recovers from PTSD, the person is left with the original thought that started the addictive behavior in the first place. If the TA is not addressed in recovery then it highly possible a relapse will occur due to the original thought which started emotion or behavior remains.
Post abuse, addiction or trauma, when the thoughts were formed during the events are not addressed, the thoughts can intensify need to relapse and/or PTSD symptoms. Lingering distorted thoughts have no respect for time. Formed negative thoughts can strike at any time. Sometimes PTSD symptoms can surface or become more intense because of being triggered by a thought addiction.
How a thought addiction forms
Thought addiction causes suffering when a distorted, illogical, old core beliefs, negative thought or set of such thoughts surface from your subconscious mind into your conscious mind. Once surfaced the thought or thoughts begin to loop uncontrollably in your mind. These types of thoughts seem to go on repeating endlessly no matter what you do. You feel unable to stop it.
These thought(s) can become so intense that you become intensely focused in looping of negative thinking, self-limiting ideas or negative beliefs. At that point, the beliefs or thoughts seem to take over your mind and feels like it is swallowing all your control and confidence.
To make it simpler and more understandable, think about when a song gets stuck in your head and no matter what you try you can not get rid of it in your head. Even if you go to sleep when you wake up these looping thoughts are still there. A thought addiction is the same experience and can cause you to act inappropriately to erase or quiet the thought even if it is hurtful to yourself or inappropriate.
Thought Addiction is Misunderstood
A thought addiction can cause devastating effects mentally, physical, health and your well being. These types of thoughts can overwhelm and overtake your mind causing false emotions and inappropriate behavior.
There are many different types of looping thoughts that can become addictive:
fears (real or imagined)
uncontrollable focus on a behavior
over focusing on an emotion
over predicting about an upcoming event
Tips on Thought Addiction Effects
If a looping thought is caught in the beginning stage, the thought can be shifted and won't result into another addiction or destroy attempts at PTSD recovery. If found in the later stage, after you have to become sober or strongly in PTSD recovery.
Even in late stage, the thought can be shifted to positive thought averting inappropriate addictive behavior, increase in PTSD symptoms, strong overwhelming negative emotions or possible disaster.