The word “addictions” covers a lot of ground, not all of it negative. There are certainly positive addictions, like exercise and learning. Among those positive addictions, however, you won’t find addiction to alcohol and other mind altering drugs included.
Nor will you find addictions to gambling, sex, unhealthy relationships or a variety of other things in life.
As the word “addiction” implies, these can be very tough problems to tackle. It is a process of saying goodbye to things that on some level you believe you cannot live without. It is a separation from things you have relied on heavily, for likely a long time.
In many cases it is also the only way to prevent your early death, or at the very least causing immeasurable damage to your life and the lives of anyone who cares about you. It is also a way for many people to regain self-respect; to quit hating themselves, causing pain in those they love and to take back control of their lives.
As someone with two decades of professional experience assisting people with addiction problems, and having dealt with some of my own, I can show you the road out of it if you are willing to treat yourself like you matter enough to be free.