The Purpose Underlying an Addiction
Addictions perform important functions: they meet certain needs temporarily, provide momentary pleasure, and relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. Sometimes, they create an environment of courage that allows a person to do things that might otherwise be avoided, such as navigating social interactions or confronting difficult problems. Most recovering individuals experience relapse, but, lapses can be used to help individuals identify factors that contribute to or maintain addictive behaviors. It’s critical to be curious, especially during a relapse, in order to obtain data needed to achieve an increasingly solid understanding of the self and a foundation for sobriety or abstinence.