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An addiction is a disease process characterized by the continued use of a specific psychoactive substance despite physical psychological or social harm An addict often makes false promises not because they are doing it on purpose but because they almost always break them because the addiction is so strong Since they believe that their promise will go through they can be very convincing for example I know Ive said this before - and I know that you dont believe me and that you are entitled not to believe me I wouldnt believe me either if I were in your shoes But this time I really mean it I swear it will be for real Wait and see if Im not telling the truth In spite of proclamations to reform the vast majority dont This leaves the people that have to deal with the addict confused angry and depressed Its difficult to change a behavior which someone has grown accustomed to unless there are constant immediate rewards and equally severe punishments Addictive thinking is notorious for its smooth thinking and ability to make the person believe that they are making a rational decision when in fact they are just being sucked deeper into their addiction The addict knows that he ought to want to stop engaging in the addictive behavior but he is powerless to make himself really and truly want to do so The result is an ongoing civil war in his head which leads to double mindedness Even to reach this level though is usually a sign of significant progress The addict is beginning to think for himself and oppose his addiction in his head although his actions may show otherwise He knows that the wisest sanest course is to abandon the behavior and never look back but he is not prepared to do it Hell do almost
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