A controversy in the field exists regarding whether addiction is a disease. The disease model of addiction promotes the idea that people are powerless against their addictions. Whether someone is struggling with alcoholism, other substances, food, gambling, compulsive shopping, some experts propose that addiction is not a disease but a choice.
Some criticize the addiction “disease model” because it perpetuates the idea that individuals are slaves to their addiction. The disease model neglects to look at the deeper layers and root of all addictions. Individuals with addictive behavior are attempting to heal the emotional wounds they experienced during their childhood. The unconscious purpose of their addiction is to soothe or suppress feelings of pain, anger, sadness, fear and loneliness.
They are also trying to fill the void for the love and care that was absent in their childhood. Addictive behavior is a ineffective attempt at self-nurturing. If these loving interactions do not occur or if there is trauma emotional wounds are formed and possibly sustained. Many of these individuals had parents who struggled with addiction themselves. These parents have emotional problems that preclude them from loving their children.
The wounded psyche is focused on what it needs and does not process the consequences of the addictive behavior. It simply wants relief from pain. This is why many individuals find themselves compelled to keep repeating behaviors which they know are self-destructive and feeling unable to stop.
Healing emotional wounds is the most promising way to cure an addiction.
Addictions are formed through emotional wounds in which the psyche wants to heal through self-love and healthy self-soothing. Until individuals become empowered around their addictions, true healing is impossible.
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