Addiction is a pattern of maladaptive behaviors that stem from a myriad of sources including social, environmental, and biological perspectives. These behaviors persist despite negative consequences to the individual in various life areas including medical, occupational, educational, social, legal and psychological. Addiction is characterized by a lack of impulsive control which often results in self-destructive choices and eventually a disconnect between mind, body and spirit.
Recovery is the path toward healing these various life areas via psychotherapy and a self-fulfillment of inner-peace which is often brought about by an attempt to re-unite mind, body and spirit. Since addiction, by nature, is a self-consuming disorder, recovery approaches typically emphasize selfless acts and spirituality. Cognitive-behavioral techniques are often the preferred method of therapy.