Some thoughts on addiction

As I read this article in the Wall Street Journal Weekend edition, I noticed one particular sentence that inspired me to write these thoughts: the . Underneath every addiction are emotions like anger, fear, loneliness, boredom, and anxiety that are being avoided or temporarily covered up by compulsive behaviors. I have worked with hundreds and hundreds of “addicts” in my lifetime and not one didn’t have some underlying pain that he or she was trying to avoid or hide. To be successful in life and overcome addictions in particular, we must face our emotions and not avoid them. With awareness, which means identifying the cues that trigger deleterious behavior, we can learn to substitute more positive behaviors for lousy ones like gambling, porn, alcohol, drugs, good, sex and so on!