What is a compulsion? A compulsion is a strong irresistible impulse to act. We define it as an obsessive behavioral drive. Indulging in these behaviors over time, leads to self-harm and negatively affects those around him or her.
What is an addiction? An addiction is characterized by the repeated use of physical substances despite clear evidence of morbidity and increased tolerance secondary to such use.
Compulsions and addictions may apply to anyone who despite their best efforts, are not able to follow through with their intended choices and goals, especially when it comes to their own personal well-being. Most people who come to us for help know what they should do. But, we rarely hear “You know what? You’re right! I’ll stop these bad habits immediately.”
If we could just ask people not to smoke, reduce alcohol consumption, eliminate white flour and sugar products and instead eat more fruits, veggies and salads and exercise and think positively – many problems would magically disappear – but folks rarely do – it’s human nature.