There are, in truth, far more addicts than we think. Indeed, if we look at the matter squarely: we are pretty much all addicts. The official statistics on the consumption of hard drugs or alcohol don’t begin to give a fair representation of the issue.

We need to define addiction in a new way: addiction is the manic reliance on something, anything, in order to keep our dark or unsettling thoughts at bay. What properly indicates addiction is not what someone is addicted to, for we can get addicted to pretty much anything. It is the motives behind their reliance on it – and, in particular, their desire to avoid encountering the contents of their own mind.
For the substance abuser or the alcoholic, such avoidance paired with the physiological need that develops, sets the addict on a crash course to oblivion. Yet whether one’s addicted to drugs or alcohol, gambling or pornography, shopping or social media, it is that constant yen to keep our dark and unsettling thoughts at bay which lies at the root of addiction.

That existential angst cited by The School of Life is why we at Recovery Boot Camp place such emphasis on the psychological aspect of addiction; the fact that addiction to some degree affects everyone, is why we at RBC have teamed with the Schnellenberger Family Foundation. We want loved ones to learn to love the addict, for all his tribulations, and to also be aware that there lurks an addict within us all.

(This message comes from the great good folks at The School of Life.)

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