Addiction comes in many forms, most notably to alcohol and drugs. Addiction to work, shopping,
sex, and even love are all the rage. You might have heard reference to an 'addictive
personality', i.e., high-energy, fast-talking, impatient, obsessive, low self-confidence,
perfectionistic, etc. Colorful characters might be drawn using such descriptors who aren't actually
shown to be addicted to anything in the story--you simply borrow the characteristics to enhance
Often cinema shows a character turning to addiction to escape or survive his problems. Those familiar with alcoholism and drug addiction will tell you that alcohol and drugs ARE the problem. Whatever direction you take, you need to get real about addiction yourself so you know how it drives your character, how it complicates his life, how he overcomes it. Research into an addiction, together with observation of addicts (active and in 'recovery'), helps you create a vivid portrait. You may attend related twelve-step recovery meetings, as long as the sessions are designated as 'open', or simply speak to a program member 'offline'.
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