The Addict in Each of Us

The Addict in Each of Us

Addict is such an ugly-sounding word. It suggests weak-willed, bad people and an immitigable sense of shame. 

Addiction is not about a particular substance or behavior—those are merely symptoms of an underlying issue—it’s about a maladaptive pattern of coping and an aversion to being authentic and vulnerable. This is partially why “dry drunks” and other addicts who equate abstinence with recovery tend to have such a high risk of relapse—abstaining from a problem substance or behavior does not get to the root cause of the addiction.

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