The addictive personality
Many recovery publications and programs propose that there is an addictive personality type, who is likely to replace one addiction with another. Chinese medicine doesn’t use this terminology, but if there is such a thing as an addictive personality, you can certainly make it work for you. People often tell me that I have an addictive personality, because I was addicted to drugs, booze, cigarettes, coffee (I became obsessed with tea for a while too) and later, exercise.
There is this theory that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to 60 become brilliant at something. I reckon I did way more than 10,000 hours on drugs, so theoretically I’m really good at being totally out of it. The 10,000 hour theory is usually applied in the context of great musicians, athletes or artists, but you need an addictive, obsessive or driven element in your nature to do 10,000 hours of anything. In the martial arts, they say repetition is ‘the mother of skill’. In yoga it is said ‘ do your practice and all is coming’.