I was addicted to pleasure for most of my life, until I "woke up" and got it together. I spent most of my time and energy pleasuring myself (I thought) by eating huge amounts of food, watching endless TV, and isolating myself. I tried everything I knew to get pleasure, in order to soften the pain of living.
Until I "woke up" I thought my destructive behavior was pleasure. Then I began to realize that it was all illusion. The pleasures I was embracing weren’t serving me. They were hurting me even more, and making my problems much worse.
I then learned what real pleasure is: Communicating with God and others, being healthy, giving and receiving love, doing work well, making positive changes, helping other people.