Is addiction a disease or a lack of self-control? A survivor’s view.


“Amy Winehouse poster” © Paul Van Der Werf (Creative Commons)

My latest post is a reflection on my twentysomething addiction to gambling and finding full and final freedom from it through a process of spiritual growth. It has been published in The Christian Science Monitor as “Reversing addictions: Is it possible?”

Here is an an excerpt…

Every time we tragically lose valued celebrities, such as singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse and actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, arguments resurface about addiction.

Is it a disease or just self-centered lack of self-control?

However it’s classified, it’s devastating to live through. When you find yourself in that particular hole called “addiction,” the behaviour seems to define you, to become you.

I speak from experience….

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Categories: Spirituality and Society

Author:Tony Lobl

I write and speak on spirituality from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner. I am also an Associate Editor for the Christian Science periodicals. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the impact of spirituality on health caught my attention and re-shaped my career.

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