Discovery: Addiction can and often does begin at the point of Discovery. The initial high or rush is extraordinarily gratifying, pain-relieving or wish-fulfilling. Addiction implies dependency. An irreversible attachment or relationship is established. Emotional withdrawal occurs when the effect wears off. Reality becomes a “less than” experience. A state of perpetual insatiability begins. Denial is operating, rendering the experience/relationship ego-syntonic or unconscious.