Dealing with Addictions
1. How would you define an addiction? I would define an addiction as a behavior or activity that is psychologically and/or physiologically habit forming that a person chronically feels compelled to repeat.
2. Name three examples of common, socially acceptable addictions. Facebook, Coffee, Shopping.
3. Name three examples of common, socially unacceptable addictions. LSD, Cocaine, Heroin
4. What are three common challenges to addiction recovery (of any addiction or of specific addictions)? Acceptance on the part of the addict of their problem, fear of relapse, temptations.
5. Why is it important to ask for help when dealing with an addiction? A support group for addicts can be very helpful because members can help each other and understand that there are other people facing the same challenges as themselves. It allows them to see that they are not alone and that there are people there who are willing to help them as much as they want to help themselves. Family and friends of addicts can also help them by being supportive and creating an environment that minimizes temptations in order to allow the addict to recover. Family and friends are often more aware of the addict’s weaknesses and can identify the beginning of a relapse before an addict can see it coming. The way that others see us is often quite different from the way we see ourselves and this is especially true for addicts. Addicts often don’t have a clear picture of themselves or the world around them and friends and family can be particularly helpful to them for this reason.
6. Why may some people fear seeking help from others for an addiction, especially in a “church” atmosphere? Fear of judgment, rejection and ostracization by others in the church.
7. How can addictions stem from a desire to have needs met and why is this considered a “spiritual basis” for addictions? People