Once again, the symptoms of addiction are not the disease of addiction. By the time symptoms have reared their ugly heads, the pathogen of the disease has already taken root. Waiting until the obsessive behaviors, secrets and lies most associated with addiction take over the individual's life, is too late in my opinion. Fundamentally, what is referred to as addiction is really the disease of fear. Its kissing cousins are the secrets and lies that smoke screen and manipulate the truth.