On my initial sobriety forum, mywayout.org where I still spend a lot of time the subject of having an addictive personality came up.
Having an addictive personality usually is associated with negative connotations. I believe after reading that thread on MWO that we, addicts, can use this addictive mind of ours in positive ways. Creating new, positive habits could come a lot easier if we allowed our addictive minds to dominate in the formation of the practice. I am not sure how to channel that part of my brain but I'm going to give it some thought.
What is it that creates an addiction? My opinion would be that addiction is the continuous search for repeated experiences of 'feel good' endorphins associated with the substance or practice.
In order for me to get addicted to, 'let's say', exercising I would have to seek out the high from doing it. What would make me seek it out? When I started drinking it didn't call me early in my 'career'. It tasted terrible at first and felt terrible too. After a while, it still tasted terrible but it started feeling good too. Then, eventually, I started to like the taste and the seed of addiction was planted.
So, using this analogy, which I believe to be true, in order for me to become addicted to exercise, I first have to do it and feel the creaky limbs waking up after a long slumber and, maybe even, feel the burn the next day. After a while if I keep it up I may start feeling a little more limber and refreshed after each work out. If I continue, I may start looking forward to the feel good endorphins that are bound to flood through my veins as I plod along.
It may become an addiction. I am really good at addictions! It just might be worth the try!