The label of ‘addiction’ doesn’t excuse anything. Addiction is anything we do to avoid taking responsibility for our feelings and the resulting behavior. It centers around choice, it is not about an illness that is ‘happening’ to you, and therefore cannot be used as an excuse. Addictions are a result, not a cause. A lack of courage to face painful feelings head on—to learn from them with love and compassion rather than avoid them with various addictions.