«Sometimes the things we do to feel better, to escape reality when it's uncomfortable, become sources of discomfort and stress themselves. Tempting as they may be, these moments of silence you can achieve by forcing massive doses of unreality on your mind only embolden the OCD. The escape sends the very clear message that the present reality is not tolerable. So while you may enjoy the high you get from whatever source of unreality you choose, the OCD will wait for your return and will remind you of why you left.
Still, not all escape is bad or desctructive. Sometimes, temporarily leaving can be a shift to a positive, adaptive place, and returning can bring about a healthier perspective. A vacation or a strenuous workout can also be a form of walking away from stress. And not all escape has to be particulary meaningful either. Escaping into your favourite TV show or video game for a bit can be a healthy, positive reward for staying in reality all day. It may be necessary for you to assess, perhaps with the help of a loved one or a treatment provider, what forms os escape are adaptive and what forms are destructive.
If you are struggling with an addiction of any kind, it's important to get help and treat that alongside (if not before) working on your OCD. While one may exacerbate the other, addiction is its own beast and often requires its own treatment strategies.»
- por Jon Hershfield in The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD: A Guide to Overcoming Obsessions and Compulsions Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy