The Experience of Addiction


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An addiction is an habitual response and a course of gratification or security.  It is a way of coping with internal feelings and external pressure that  provides the sex addict with predictable satisfaction, but that has concomitant costs.  Eventually those costs outweigh the subjective benefits the addiction offers the individual.  Nonetheless people continue their addictions as long as they believe the addictions continue to something for them.

An addiction may involve any attachment that grows to such proportions that it damages a person’s life.  Addiction follows certain patterns – the single-minded grasping of a magic seeming object or activity; the loss of control,  perspective and priorities- is not limited to alcohol and drugs  When a person becomes addicted, it is not to a chemical or an activity but to an experience.  Anything that a person finds sufficiently consuming and that seems to remedy deficiencies in the person’s life can serve as an addiction

A person is vulnerable to addiction when that person feels a lack of satisfaction in life, an absence of intimacy or strong connections to other people, a lack of self-confidence or compelling interests, or a loss of hope.

The “hook” of the addiction – the thing that keeps people coming back for more – it that it give people feelings and gratifying sensation that they are not able to get in other way.  I t may block out sensations of pain, uncertainty, or discomfort.  It may provide temporary feelings of control, of intimacy or belonging.  The addiction accomplishes something for that person, or the person anticipates that it will do so, however illusory these benefits may actually be.

Cite: Peele, PhD, (1992)  The Truth About Addiction and Recovery,

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