You, Me, Empathy - Episode 50: Addiction Is Not a Moral Failure with Tony the Therapist

On Episode 50 of You, Me, Empathy, Tony the Therapist and I explore the relationship of trauma to addiction, the variability and importance of human resilience, and why addiction is a disease and not a result of moral failure or lack of willpower.

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We also talk about the relationship of early childhood neglect and trauma to addiction, process-based vs. substance-based addictions, and the overall unmanageability and fear of loss tied up in living with addiction. Tony and I also explore a bit of social media addiction and sex addiction, including the stigma around the latter specifically.

If you’re struggling with addiction, you can reach out to the lovely humans over at WorkIt Health, or the National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). And know this: You are not a moral failure. You are not lacking in willpower. You are valid and beautiful and your struggle matters.

Thanks for listening, and thanks for empathizing with us!

Disclaimer for "Tony Time" episodes of You, Me, Empathy:

Anthony Ramynke is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences, license number LMFT47805.

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