This is probably one of the most common misconceptions about addictions.
The issue all comes down to the meaning of the word addiction: ‘The need or strong desire to do or to have something, or a very strong liking for something’
The problem we face, is with the connotation of the word and that usually turns out to be a very negative one. When we mention the word addiction, most people think about drugs, alcohol, pornography, gambling, etc. The reality is that there are many more other addictions, like: the gym, food, running, chocolate and so on.
The reality is: So called bad addictions or those that cause us harm are a symptom, a way of masking our feelings and emotions. This can be connected to daily life or possibly it is related to unfinished businesses or issues from our past.
To better cope with these, we divert our attention from those feelings and start to engage with activities that will create a sort of a “fake happiness”. However, because the root of the problem is still there, unfortunately the symptoms will prevail.
For example: a headache caused by us not drinking enough water, is treated with a couple of Paracetamol and the headache disappears. Sooner or later, the headache will occur again. Basically we tackle the symptom, when actually drinking the water would be the permanent solution for the problem.
What we’re trying to say, is that addictions are the same: when you gamble you’re just masking the root of the problem, the deeper issues; without tackling the root of these issues or source of the problem, gambling will occur again.
What we are trying to say is that addictions are the same: when you gamble you’re just masking the root or source of the problem; without tackling it and finding a solution, gambling will occur again.
That’s how we work with our residents, we call it the Three S’s:
Symptom, Source, Solution –
So do you still think you have an addictive personality? Read my most recent blog post about the subject here