The Ambivalence of an Addict

February 9, 2015 3:58 PM

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If you are one of the millions of people who struggle with an addiction, there is a good chance you have (or have had) some ambivalence about giving it up. After all, nobody would be addicted to something if it didn't feel good or serve some sort of purpose. And, since one defining characteristic of an addiction is that it has negative consequences, many addicts are left with ambivalence -- I like how it makes me feel but I don't like how it leaves me feeling. It is only when the consequences of an addiction begin to outweigh the benefits that some people consider making a change.

An addict is someone who has an overpowering need to habitually take or do something. Whether your habit is drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, food, computer games, gambling or something else that helps you numb, distract or confirm your pain, it is likely that you get some things out of it and you lose so...

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