Addiction is so much bigger than drugs & alcohol.
In this interview, Dave Edwards, a Spokane mental health professional and former UGM counselor, expands the definition of "addiction" beyond drugs and alcohol and provides helpful insight into how to tell when you have a problem.
UGM: When we hear the word “addiction,” drugs and alcohol come immediately to mind. How is our thinking misshaped by limiting addiction to those two things?
Dave: First, in a very general sense, we tend to focus on the object of addiction as the primary problem. We label alcohol and drugs as the problem and stress sobriety as the cure when really the abuse of substances is more of a symptom or a secondary problem, and if we don’t get to the underlying cause – what led to the drinking or substance abuse in the first place – sobriety will be of little use.
Drugs and alcohol are just one way that people cope with unwanted thoughts, feelings and memories.
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