Is Addiction Inevitable?

Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.

Some people are inherently vulnerable to addiction, and some people aren’t. Consider alcohol. Nearly everyone tries alcohol at some point in his or her life, but only a small percentage become alcoholic. The same is true with other potentially addictive drugs and behaviors (including sex, porn, and romance). Many partake, but few become addicted. So why can some people try certain things and walk away unscathed when others cannot? Surely there must be some obvious, easily spotted difference between healthy people and potential addicts, some telltale sign that’s hard to miss? Well, there isn’t. There are certain factors that make certain people susceptible (like childhood trauma and a history of addiction within the family), but even these factors are not guarantees of addiction. Nor is the lack of these factors a guarantee that you won’t become addicted.

Just for Today
Forget about the “why” of your addiction and focus on how you’re going to deal with it moving forward.