In order to understand addiction, you have to understand something about how the human will operates. the best way I can describe it is through the analogy of a gear shift in a car. There are four gear positions: forward, reverse, neutral, and park. They look like this:
Over the next few posts, I plan to discuss how each of these positions works and how addiction interferes with the proper operation of this system.
The will is comprised largely of desires and anxieties that are 'drives.' The will is what 'moves' the human person either towards or away from what lies in front of us. All our decisions really boil down to this forwards and reverse analogy.
When you see an infant with food, you know exactly what I'm talking about. If the child likes the food, he plunges into it face first. He can't get enough, and gobbles it all up.
On the other hand, if he does not like it, he strikes it and tries either to get away from it or push it away.
These are the two directions of the will.