LaDawnna shares if there is hope for women struggling with addiction.
There is hope for a woman who is addicted. You can quit anything. It’s all in the mind.
Even when your body craves it you can convince just like you convince yourself that you need it, you can convince yourself that you don’t. It is all in the mind.
You have to constantly tell yourself, I don’t want that. I am not going to do it.
And the first few times it may beat you, but after a while you keep telling yourself, I don’t need that. I don’t want to drink that. I am not going to do that. I am not going over here. I am not going to over eat.
After a while you convince yourself that you really don’t want it and you’ll stop. It takes a while. It doesn’t happen overnight, and again, you may fail a few times but if you just keep going.
I have counseled and worked with hundreds of women who had some sort of addiction, whether it was depression. I have had women get off of antidepressant pills and things like that.
You don’t really need that, but someone just told you that you have the mental problem and what you were really doing is stressing over a situation.
And unfortunately situations comes in packs, so you may have four or five things going on at the same time which caused you to stress.
All you have to do is calm down, figure out which one is going on right now, which is, that’s my job.
I assess your needs, your right now needs. And then I tell you okay, these things we are going to sit to the side. We are going to work on this one at a time. I don’t try to group them together, one at a time.
And as we break them down into smaller bites, which is what it is, you bite off more than you can chew, smaller bites, then you are able to do with that situation you find out you know what, it really wasn’t as bad as I thought.
We tend to blow things way out of proportion because that’s what everybody does and of course we want a pity party. We want people to feel sorry for us because now they are focusing on us and that, of course, we want everything to be about us, even if it is bad.
So you have to get to the place where you don’t want everything to be about me. It’s not about me. It’s about something else or somebody else.
I just need to handle business, and you have to keep it, this is business. Handle business and then your personal life, don’t get messed up into that. So that’s it, separating.
About LaDawnna Hudson:
Pastor LaDawnna Hudson is the CEO and founder of Women of Power International as well as the first lady and pastor of Shield of Faith Christian Center in Mesa, Arizona. LaDawnna's desire to help women stems from her early years of abuse, depression and poverty. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan in the late 50's, the fourth of nine children, she saw firsthand the struggle of her mother and other women being undereducated, suffering with low self-esteem and being abused by men who treated them more like property than wives. She too suffered hard times, she was raped, beaten, strangled, suffocated, ran down by a car and married to a man who tried to kill her twice. LaDawnna's journey through her troubled past motivates her to help other hurting women change their lives.