The disease concept of addiction is generally related to substance use/abuse, but is also present in other forms of addiction including sex, gambling, shopping and food. Science has identified a gene that increases the likelihood for alcoholism. This suggests the existence of other genes that increase the likelihood of other addictions as well. But genetics is just one piece to the disease concept. All addictive behaviors, especially those which are based on substances, make changes to the human body most specifically the brain. These changes essentially become cellular adaptations which create a new physiological “normal” for the individual. The body essentially becomes sick from the addictive behavior. And the disease of addiction is marked by measurable physical symptoms, including withdrawal (withdraw) symptoms. (Withdrawal is the generally reverse of the “high” the user seeks.)

This month's step
We admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

This week's scripture
"If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins – make a clean break of them – he won’t let us down, he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and p
I John 1: 8-10 The Message

This week's quote
“We hide what we know or feel ourselves to be (which we assume to be unacceptable and unlovable) behind some kind of appearance which we hope will be more pleasing. We hide behind pretty faces which we put on for the benefit of our public. And in time we may even come to forget that we are hiding, and think that our assumed pretty faces is what we really look like”
Simon Tugwell