Addicted?

“Addiction is like a flat tyre,you wont reach anywhere until you change it”.

Addiction is something that not having control in doing, taking or using something, to the point where it could be harmful to you. It is most commonly associated with gambling, drugs, alcohol and nicotine.

Addiction can’t be put in one frame..It can be anything. Addiction to anything can cost you dearly. Let’s see some common addiction examples below.

Addiction to Work – workaholics are obsessed with their work to the extent that they suffer physical exhaustion. If your relationship, family and social life are suffering and you never take holidays, you may be a work addict.

Addiction to Gadgets – as technology has advanced, so too has gadget addiction. People may spend hours each day and night surfing the internet or playing games, texting and social media, while neglecting other aspects of their lives. These days’ people may quit meal but they can live without phone, pad or computers.

Addiction to Drugs – Dangerous substance abuse is when you inhale substances such as glue, aerosols, paint or lighter fuel, to give you a feeling of intoxication. Solvent abuse can be fatal. Consuming non prescribed drugs, excess alcohol, and smoking.

Shopping – shopping becomes an addiction when you buy things you don’t need or want in order to achieve a buzz. This is quickly followed by feelings of guilt, shame or despair.

Whatever a person is addicted to, they can’t control how they use it, and they may become dependent on it to get through daily life. Even relationships do take a hit if addicted!

Addiction can be a way of blocking out difficult issues. A recent survey suggests unemployment is the main reason behind youngsters indulging with drug abuse.

Reasons-

There are many reasons why addictions begin. In the case of drugs, alcohol and nicotine, these substances affect the way you feel, both physically and mentally. These feelings can be enjoyable and create a powerful urge to use the substances again. Gambling may result in a similar mental ‘high’ after a win, followed by a strong urge to try again and re-create that feeling. This can develop into a habit that becomes very hard to stop.

Being addicted to something means that not having it causes withdrawal symptoms or a ‘come down’. Because this can be unpleasant, it’s easier to carry on having or doing what you crave, and so the cycle continues. Often, an addiction gets out of control because you need more and more to satisfy a craving and achieve the ‘high’.

The strain of managing an addiction can seriously damage a person’s work and relationships. In the case of substance abuse (for example, drugs and alcohol), an addiction can have serious psychological and physical effects.

Negative effects of drug addiction

There are a number of negative effects that come with drug addiction. Different drugs have different long term effects, however some common symptoms include:

  • Heightened anxiety or panic attacks
  • Psychosis
  • Memory or attention loss
  • Severe depression
  • Significant weight loss
  • Heart problems
  • Sexual problems (including impotence).
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