I would describe myself as an escape artist. If I can avoid a difficult or uncomfortable situation, I will. My favorite escape is zoning out in front of the television eating my favorite sugary or salty snacks. Dr. Susan Biali describes this as numbing out.
What I am essentially doing is constantly stimulating my senses in order not to have to deal with the everyday stresses of life. And doing so is very addictive. I’m learning to stop hiding behind the distractions and allow myself time where I can just be and feel, even if those feelings are uncomfortable, in an effort to re-awaken my life.
Hi, I’m Liz Hawkins, and I’m a recovering Adult Child of an Alcoholic.