Is addiction an issue of bad choices or is it a case of biological, compulsive, necessity?    

If you know anything about me and my views, you know that I think little of anyone who tries to separate these. I see and talk to people all the time who are stuck in compulsive behavioral patterns but with some education and good helping of supportive tools they can begin to change these patterns and return to normal life. Chronic drug use does not necessarily mean compulsive.

Here is a video of Dr. Sadaqat Ali on addictive behavior
Dr. Sadaqat Ali talks about addictive behaviors

adi-jaffeAdi Jaffe, Ph.D., is the executive director of and a lecturer at UCLA. He currently writes for He’s been studying issues related to drug-addiction, sex-addiction, and gambling-addiction for the past eight years and has also researched related conditions such as HIV, hepatitis, depression, and ADHD.

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But then there are those who just don’t seem to ever get better. Be it lack of motivation, readiness, mental health issues, or a simple case of not having found a good enough reason to stop, these addiction clients can be the most frustrating and the most rewarding to work with. Any victory, no matter how small, with a difficult patient can put a big smile on my face. I love nothing more than to have someone tell me that they’re sending me a very “tough” or “resistant” client only to discover that when they’re with me, neither of these traits is really representative of their personality. Or maybe it’s just a matter of perception, right?


Here is a video of Dr. Sadaqat Ali on obsessive behaviors
Dr. Sadaqat Ali talks about obsession