To start a series on addiction recovery, I feel that a good definition of addiction is in order. I could get all clinical on you-but I won’t; that is rarely helpful to most of us lay people. The best definition that I have ever encountered was given by my cousin at a pornography addiction recovery series that we held in our home back in 2012.
This is what he said:
“I wanted to stop viewing pornography so I stopped.
And I stopped again and I stopped again and I stopped again.
I can’t stay stopped.”
Isn’t that a good, succinct description of the agony of addiction? I have mulled it over again and again in mind because according to this definition I think that we all might find things that we need to work on. AND it invites me into the tortuous world of the addict. I can feel a bit of their desperation in this simple definition (which I think is an important part of diving into recovery with them). So with that in place I am off and writing.