It's true. Avoidance does work. So does stuffing my face with food so I don't have to feel any emotional pain. Drinking works for lots of people in order to dull their suffering. Yes, all these things serve their purpose of helping us keep the pain away - for a little while. Some time ago, my psychologist explained to me that there are "benefits" to these behaviors, or else we would never engage in them to begin with. The problem is that these poor coping strategies don't take care of the underlying problem, and of course, they leave a wake of devastation of their own.
I was reminded again today of why avoidance is my worst enemy, although it seems like my best friend in the short run. My husband and I spent several hours this afternoon dealing with some things around the house that I had been putting off for months and months. Oh, it was hard! I must admit that I complained the entire time.
I know, I must embrace the idea of dealing with things head on if I'm to continue making progress against the OCD. It has to be a lifestyle change. I always, and I mean, always, regret avoidance. Maybe one of these days I'll finally make that lifestyle change.