Drug and alcohol addiction have become an epidemic that affects the daily lives of those with the addiction and the loved ones of the person with an addiction. The root of addiction is the absence of self-love because if life were simply enough, there would be no addiction.
Counseling for those with addiction should focus on the feelings and experiences that led to the addiction, patterns that continue the addiction, ways to end the addiction and work towards the life that is desired and deserved. It is also important for the loved ones of someone with an addiction to work towards healing themselves too. Addiction does not just affect the person with the addiction.