I thought it might be interesting to make a list of the similarities and differences between TMS and addictions. (I first read about this similarity in the Presence Process which would categorize TMS as an affliction.) Please add to either list... Similarities Serve to distract from painful emotions Eliminating one can cause the replacement by another (i.e. an addiction can be replaced by another addiction or by an addiction) Condition is made worse by triggers Identification as having the condition is considered a key part of the recovery Differences With addictions what you have to give up is very clear. (It would be wonderful if TMS were as easy to get away from as alcohol or a drug).