Release Pain That Fuels Compulsive Behavior

Addiction is a debilitating condition. An addict generally feels unable to stop a behavior, despite the desire to stop or the damaging effects of continuing the behavior. Though it is a phenomenon unto itself, addiction usually co-occurs with other forms of emotional distress, such as depression, anxiety, traumatic stress or family conflict. Successful treatment typically entails easing the emotional pain that fuels compulsive behavior as well as concrete behavioral strategies to maintain abstinence or sobriety.