Compulsion is an irresistible urge or drive to engage in repetitive and often self-destructive behaviors. It is a key characteristic of many mental health conditions, including addiction.
In addiction, compulsion is the intense and persistent need to use drugs or alcohol, despite the negative consequences it may cause. An individual with an addiction may feel an overwhelming desire to use drugs or alcohol and may feel an intense sense of anxiety or discomfort if unable to do so.
Powerful emotional and psychological factors like anxiety, stress, or depression can drive compulsive behavior. In some cases, compulsive behavior may also have a physical component, such as a biological dependence on drugs or alcohol.
Addiction treatment often involves addressing compulsive behavior and the underlying emotional and psychological factors that contribute to it. This may involve therapy, support groups, medication, and other forms of treatment to help individuals overcome their addiction and achieve lasting recovery.