Addiction is a multipart condition that is displayed through compulsive behaviors despite harmful consequences to oneself and others. For years the word “addiction” was primarily applied to individuals who abused substances such as drugs and alcohol. However, the term addiction can be extended to anything that produces a compulsive focus beyond the point of self-control or rational decision-making.
Gambling, shopping, sex/pornography, nicotine, and eating are some of the forms of addiction that can be detrimental to a person’s mental, physical and spiritual functioning. Addiction can also affect those that are exposed to compulsive behaviors. Family members, close friends, and coworkers often experience intense emotional (sometimes physical) hurt as they witness the effects of the addictive behavior.
There are several effective therapies for addictive behaviors and recovery. If you or some you know is battling with addiction or the recovery process, contact me for assistance on your journey!