Society has a general tendency to consider different kinds of substance abuse as addiction, while ignoring certain behavior patterns that are equally addictive. Food, shopping, gambling, work, or sex can turn to behavior addictions and create problems that are just as destructive as substance abuse.
Don’t harangue him, demanding answers. Yes, I know that lack of communication is part of the problem here. But Mrs. Happy has noticed that the men in her life have a strange capacity for not seeing the elephant in the room, even when it’s snorting, grunting, and squashing their left big toe.