Addictions are destructive to individuals, families and society. People may be addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, sex and pornography, relationships, gambling, food, shopping, video games, the internet and social media.
Addictions infect a person’s mind, body and spirit through a never-ending cycle of reward and pain. Jobs are lost, vocational and other life goals are abandoned, and relationships are sabotaged or destroyed.
Denial, guilt and shame are the hallmark of this disease, which become firmly rooted to the belief that one’s addiction can be controlled through willpower. Attempts to control or modify the addiction to specific times and places, or stop the addiction all-together, even if somewhat successful in the short-term, eventually fail as willpower becomes undermined by physical, psychological, emotional and environmental forces that feed, nurture and sustain the addiction. As the cycle of addiction continues, so do denial, guilt and shame along with feelings of anxiety, sadness or depression, hopelessness and despair.