There is no doubt that the term ‘addiction’ carries with it a stigma and this is one reason why I also use terms such as ‘self-destructive cycles’ or ‘problematic use’.
It is important to state at the outset that neither myself nor anyone else can or should label you as an addict or anything else for that matter and you will discover within the programme that labels are not important when it comes to how we change or how we think of ourself – we have to look beyond them.
Interestingly, if you look around, you will likely find many people who are addicted to something on some sort of level, whether that is, for example, food, exercise, coffee or it could be a behaviour such as co-dependency, anger or resentment. What this highlights is that there are many different levels of severity to addiction and some are problematic whilst others are not.
Therefore, it is helpful to remember that no one situation can really fit into one definition and so just try to think of the term’s addiction, self-destructive or problematic as a simple way for us to identify what the issue is in relation to.
For those that wish to explore this topic further please go to the Blog section of this website where you will find further research and studies I have undertaken – of particular interest may be the Substance Use and Addiction Theory academic article.