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Addictions can be found in a whole range of behaviours, but the most common in sport are gambling, alcoholism, drug misuse and abnormal sexual needs. Other forms can be found within Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD).

Simply, addictions tend to block painful emotional experience and the act of participating in addictive behaviour diverts the individual from coming to terms with emotional facets of their lives which seem too difficult to cope with. Self-esteem is predominantly an issue within addictive experience, as is assertiveness and often coherent communication. It is also characterised in my expereince by a fear of intimacy and feelings of 'not being good enough'. There is often a sense of detachment.

For discussion about personal issues with addiction you may send a confidential message to either ask about your own circumstances or about those of family members or friends.


Phil Johnson August 2009