Talking About Addictions

According to Dr. Jeffry Larson and Dr. LaNae Valentine, experts appearing on this Studio production of Real Families, Real Answers, addiction is the compulsive and out-of-control use of any substance or activity that leads to adverse consequences in a person’s life and that produces unpleasant physical or emotional symptoms, or both, when the use of the substance or activity is stopped. For a person struggling with addiction, the substance or activity is used in a never-ending search for relief from uncomfortable underlying emotions (such as anxiety and depression), distraction from life’s seemingly overwhelming problems and crises, physical or emotional comfort, excitement, or a sense of power or control.

For those caught in addictive cycle, whatever the substance or activity may be, help is available. This episode and the support materials available may be helpful along the road to recovery.