At the weekly Depressed Anonymous meetings there stirs a glimmer of hope for the saddict as he/she begins to encounter others like themselves at group meetings. It is a bigger payoff for the saddict to gradually believe that the recovering members of the Depressed Anonymous group are holding out a hope that can be theirs if only they would depend on the serenity of the members of the group rather than depend on the long time comfort of their addiction.
“Whether it is therapy or not, addicts improve when their relationships to work, family, and other aspects of their environment improve. Addicts have come to count on the regular reward they get from their addictive involvement. They can give up these rewards when they believe they will find superior gratifications from other activities such as the DA meetings in the regular fiber of their lives. Therapy helps this process by focusing on external rewards and assisting addicts in conceptualizing these rewards and obtaining them. What any rewards therapy itself produces must be regarded as intermediate and time limited, as a passage to the stable, environmental rewards that are necessary to create a non addictive equilibrium in people’s lives. Only when such everyday but potent reinforcements are firmly in place is an addiction cured. ” Source: The Meaning of Addiction: Experience and its interpretation. Stanton Peale. Lexington Books. Lexington, MA, 1988. p,55.
SOURCE: Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition. Depressed Anonymous Publications. (2011) Louisville. Appendix Is depression an addiction?