Shocking but true, everyone is an addict in some shape or form. Ever thought of this being the case for you? What are the activities or things you over-indulge in or can’t go without? You may not even be aware that your habit is out of control or that this behavior is causing harm to you or someone else.

The cause of any kind of addiction is not simply a search for delight or happiness. And it has nothing to do with ethics, honesty or willpower over one’s actions.

Addiction takes many forms. And here are a few to start your thinking about your addiction.

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One common kind of addiction, which is physical, is a condition that results when a drug is ingested and he or she becomes hooked on a substance.

Another kind of addiction is when a person engages in activities to obsession. These could be hobbies, recreation, projects, business enterprise, entertainment, shopping, gambling, sex, emotional pursuits, and the list goes on. Any addiction may be enjoyable but if it interferes with daily concerns, responsibilities, and or health in the person’s life then it becomes compulsive and is an addiction.

1…People commonly use drugs, gamble, or shop compulsively in reaction to being stressed, whether or not they have a physical addiction. Since these psychologically based addictions are not based on drug or brain effects, they can account for why people frequently switch addictive actions from one drug to a completely different kind of drug, or even to a non-drug behavior. The focus of the addiction isn’t what matters; it’s the need to take action under certain kinds of stress. Treating this kind of addiction requires an understanding of how it works psychologically.

Now that I have got you thinking about what your addiction might be, I confess mine is consuming food when I am stressed. But my determination to get my addiction under control does not inhibit a proven capacity for a solution to the problem. Confess to me in your comments on this blog.

1https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/addiction

Feature Image by NIDA: The brain’s reward circuit Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 

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