Unfortunately, we live in a culture that promotes instant gratification. We are told to give in to our urges, that we deserve to indulge ourselves. Alternately, we’re told to unload our feelings, to not hold back. We admire people who speak their mind.
Even the most mature adults can reach their limits. We blurt out hurtful words when we’re frustrated. We pour a drink at the end of a stressful workday. But when bad days become too frequent or one drink leads to one too many, it could indicate that you’re unable to control your impulses.
Those who have trouble controlling their impulses are vulnerable to a variety of addictions: