One of the first steps in dealing with addiction is to discover the emotional cause of the addiction, whether it is fear, depression, anxiety, or pessimism. Many times, these debilitating thoughts and beliefs come from what we call the “wanting mind.” In the wanting mind, we feel that our current state of unhappiness could be cured if only we could have the money, job, relationship, recognition, or power we had and lost, or never had and strongly desire. Often, we cause ourselves suffering when we ache for something that lies out of our grasp or cling in vain to something that has already passed away. Sometimes, the wanting mind involves tightly holding on to something negative, such as a belief about how things ought to be or should have been, or an emotion such as anger, sadness, or jealousy. Mindfulness practice helps us develop the capacity to see clearly exactly what we’re attached to so that we can let go of it and end our suffering. The hidden areas of resistance that emerge into our awareness can be noted and examined later so that we can make the conscious choice to reject them. You can never completely avoid the wanting mind. Desire is part of being human. It causes us to strive toward bettering our lives and our world and has led to many of the discoveries and inventions that have provided us with a higher quality of life. Yet despite all that we can achieve and possess, we can become convinced that we won’t be happy or content unless we acquire even more. This belief can lead to competitiveness and feeling resentful toward, or envious of, those who seem to have an easier life. If we have a patient who is using drugs or even food to manipulate their moods, we would first refer them to a nutritionist; a psychiatrist or psychopharmacologist; or a holistic doctor, such as an integrative medical doctor, to break this habit. In addition to this, we would recommend mindfulness meditation, yoga practice, and regular exercise as they are all excellent to help mood regulation.