1. Read chapter “A” is for Attachment in LP Workbook Two).
    2. All forms of attachment impact the brain. Toxic Attachments impact the brain in a particularly negative way. Toxic attachments corrupt our brain’s reward circuits and rewire the brain. A brain that is rewired to be attached to shopping, alcohol, food, etc., is damaged.
    3. Our brains are plastic and can heal. Healing, i.e., rewiring, the brain is required if toxic attachments are going to be overcome.
    4. To rewire your brain, identify, clarify, detoxify and rectify.
      1. Identify toxic attachments.
      2. Clarify the source and reasons.
      3. Detoxify your environments and your relationships (important, see chapter “E” is for Environment in LP Workbook Two). Educate friends and family. Develop strong boundaries around toxic people. Institute a “no violence” rule.
      4. Rectify your attachments by
        1. Learning to pay attention to your feelings and your triggers. Identify your toxic attachments (shopping, drugs, alcohol, running, sex, etc.). Identify the needs the attachment meets (relaxation, safety, self-esteem, sedation, etc.). Identify the emotional triggers associated with the trigger (loneliness, exclusion, stress, guilt and shame, etc.)
        2. Finding alternative behaviours/substances to meet your needs. Instead of eating donuts, back some healthy muffins. Instead of lighting a cigarette, take a few deep breathes and go for a calming walk first.
    5. Understand that toxic attachments are complex and it may need assistance sorting them out, (important, see chapter H” is for Healing in LP Workbook Two).
    6. The LP HEALING Map has a template you can use to help you analyze, understand, and reprogram your toxic attachments.

 

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