“Although the words “sabotage”, unproductive habits, avoidance behaviors, bad habits, destructive habits, chronic habits, thought patterns, disorders, compulsions and addictions have distinct meanings, this book takes a look at what they all have in common, so as to provide practices, principles and strategies to support organizations and people in living more productive lives - and regardless of their spiritual or religious beliefs.
The challenge for me in writing this book is “language.” In my effort to leave no one behind, sometimes, the language I use to describe “sabotage” patterns or someone else’s might build a wall between us rather than a bridge. Therefore, throughout this book, please mentally substitute the words that fit for you whenever you hear me talking about self-sabotage, unwanted habits, behaviors, compulsions or addictions (and anything else that doesn’t resonate). Because my intention is to speak directly to you, while at the same time reach out to as many people as possible.
I know that using language this way may risk “watering down” the meaning of these words. I realize too, that for some people, calling their unproductive habit, a “compulsion” or “addiction” would be judgmental and offensive.
I also deeply respect that for others, calling their compulsion or addiction a “habit” or “behavior” could be deeply insulting to them, minimizing the depth of their suffering, and invalidating the significance of what they had to go through, or are currently battling.
To be responsible for all of this this, I have added a chapter called “The Meaning of Addiction” that speaks more directly to those who identify more closely with the words “compulsions” or “addictions”.
Although rather technical and scientific, this chapter sets up my unconventional approach in dealing with those unwanted “habits” we define or label as being addictive. This chapter could also be of tremendous value to those committed to “eradicating” the stigma attached to mental health issues, whether they be addiction related or not.”
From the book Power of Choice Leadership, by Scott Gallagher