“An ever-increasing craving for an ever diminishing pleasure is the formula” [for an addiction]. (Paraphrase of C. S. Lewis in Screwtape Letters)

Addictions, whether physical or psychological, rarely occur instantaneously. Usually, there is a satisfying “taste” that encourages a second, and then a third, ad infinitum. Before you know it, you can be captured by a “need” that is overwhelming and, often, almost incurable. We must discourage even the first “trial” of any addictive substance or behavior.

As no one has power over the wind to contain it . . . so wickedness will not release those who practice it. (Ecclesiastes 8:8)