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There are many reasons for addictions...
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May be partly genetic

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The addictive substance or behavior feels good.

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Helps individuals temporarily avoid threatening feelings, thoughts, or situations--provides an escape. See The Generic Pattern.

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Avoidance of separation from one's family of origin [by not becoming "too successful"]. Thus, an unwitting and misguided act of loyalty.

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Self-medication [for ADD, depression, anxiety, etc.]

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Sends a message about one's feelings. [All behavior has a communicative element. "You can't not communicate."]

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Provides a [false] sense of control [when one is really out of control].

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Updated on 06/22/2002
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