How Obsession and Compulsion Drive Addiction: Part Two
This is part two of a two-part series about obsession and compulsion. In part one of this series, we told you that obsession and compulsion drive addiction. We also talked about obsession. Now, let’s talk about compulsion.
Obsessive Thoughts Eventually Lead To Compulsive Action
Compulsion is defined as “an irresistible urge to behave in a certain way, especially against one’s conscious wishes”. It seems strange, doesn’t it? How is it possible to have an urge to behave in a way that goes against your own wishes? You may have a truly genuine and sincere desire to stay sober or stay away from gambling or not watch pornography. Yet you find yourself doing the very thing you don’t want to do. Addiction is confusing that way.
When you feel an overwhelming urge to give in to your obsessive thoughts about your addiction. And you give into those thoughts. You have just acted on a compulsion. Another definition of compulsion is “the action or state of being forced to do something”. Surely you can relate to the idea that you have felt forced to do something that you didn’t want to do when it comes to your addiction.
The thing is, a compulsion is not rational. It makes no sense whatsoever. It will override all logic and drive you to give into your obsessive thoughts. Even though you may have experienced extremely negative consequences because of your addiction, your brain doesn’t care. It wants those feel good feelings that your addiction temporarily gives you, consequences be damned.
The More You Give Into Obsession and Compulsion, The More You Will Experience It
The tricky part about addiction is that it seems to take on a life of its own. The more you engage in your addictive behavior, the more you will want to. You could go the rest of your life continually giving in to your obsessive and compulsive inclinations and you would never be satisfied. The brain will just continue to keep you trapped in an endless cycle of obsessive thoughts and compulsive actions so you will give in and take a drink or binge eat.
Unless you learn tools that will allow you to override your brain and change your obsessive thought patterns and compulsive behaviors, you will never find freedom. Once addiction takes over, you lose the ability to think and behave in a rational manner. This is why so many people feel like a slave to their addiction.
How Can You Gain Control Over Your Obsessive Thinking And Compulsive Actions?
While most addiction treatment centers present the 12-Step model, which teaches addicted people to rely on a power greater than themselves, we do not promote that philosophy. We recognize that many people are simply not comfortable with a lifestyle that involves religion or spirituality. As such, everything we teach offers a practical solution to the problem of addiction.
Do you feel trapped in the obsessive-compulsive cycle of addiction? Whether you are struggling with a substance abuse problem or a behavioral addiction, we can help. Contact us today so we can conduct a free, confidential assessment over the phone and tell you what your treatment.