drisinlogoDid you know that more than 90% of people either have an addiction or are related to someone who does?  That is a staggering number.  Our culture has morphed over the years to value material possessions (greed), keeping up appearances (envy/pride), power and control (anger), immediate gratification and quick fixes (sloth/gluttony) and lust.  While The Seven Deadly Sins was (in my opinion) a good movie, it certainly is not healthy as the foundation for a society.   As a result of these prioritie, many people are at a higher risk for depression, anxiety and addiction.  Even though addiction did exist in the 1950s (nobody talked about it), it was not as prevalent or severe as it is today.

In the 1950’s there was more of an emphasis on family values and many people had the luxury of having family dinners where people actually sat down and talked.  Without computer games and television to occupy their time and tell them what they “should” think, people of the days gone by actually lived much more mindfully.  There was less pressure to have the most expensive car, the biggest house, or the most powerful job.   Today, people work 16 hour days to try to get a promotion to prove they are important or special.  They work three jobs so they can have the biggest house.  They obsess over celebrities, believing that being rich and famous is the path to complete happiness.  All of this adds to their depression and anxiety/stress.  They spend huge amounts of energy trying to get approval from others, instead of appreciating themselves for who they are, and being grateful for what they have.

This emphasis on “like me for what I can do, not for who I am,” teaches you that unless you are the best, brightest, richest and most powerful, you are not worthy of love.  Since there is almost always someone better, brighter, richer or more powerful, you are pretty much doomed to feel unlovable, empty, depressed and/or scared.  To try to escape this awful feeling, you may frantically search for something to fill the hole inside—in many cases this is addiction.  Food, alcohol, money, drugs, in many cases these things fill that void by giving you a temporary feeling of happiness or fulfillment.

In the following pages you will learn about why chemical and behavioral addictions develop…


What is Addiction



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Addiction: Reasons People Use

Addictive substances and behaviors cause a release of pleasure chemicals that temporarily numb or distract from current feelings of depression, anger, anxiety or physical pain.  It is one way people survive unbearable pain, until they learn what is causing it and...

Do I have An Addiction

Defining the Problem In an addiction, you may have spent so much time trying to figure out how to get the substance, getting the substance and recovering from the substance that you formed a relationship with the substance.  Remember your first love?  How you felt the...

Who Develops Addictions

While we do not yet understand why some people develop addictions and others do not, we have identified several risk factors.    That is, if you have these risk factors, you may be more vulnerable to developing an addiction.  Among them are genetics, an unstable...

What is Addiction

What is Addiction

Addiction is the continued use of a person, activity or substance in order to escape from negative feelings, despite experiencing negative consequences as a result of use.  These behaviors develop as a last-ditch effort to survive unbearable misery or physical pain. ...