Addictions – Why Are You An Addict And Can You Learn To Live Addiction Free?

Addictions – Why Are You An Addict And Can You Learn To Live Addiction Free?

Cheryl has a dirty secret. Her husband is unaware that she has accumulated millions of dollars in debt due to her obsessive online gambling.

Luke cannot seem to stop watching porn. Not an occasional video now and then; but for more than 4 hrs every single day.

Kate had resorted to drinks as a way to reliever her stress after a  day at the office. But now she cannot fall asleep without first downing 6 bottles.

Serge needs a snort of cocaine to keep him going through the day. He is lethargic and lifeless without it….

Addiction – be it to drugs, internet, food, work, gambling – is plaguing millions of lives today. It can be defined as an excessive physical and/or psychological dependence on something.

People with an addiction do not have control over what they are doing, taking or using. Originally pleasure, relief or enjoyment may have been sought from the substance or the activity. But over a period of time, continuous involvement with the substance or activity is needed to feel normal.

Addiction may not refer to only the physical substances we consume but can even include abstract activities like gambling or shopping. In this regard, addiction can be categorized as substance dependence and behavioral addiction.

Substance dependence (physical addiction) is when a person is addicted to a particular substance, he develops tolerance to the substance (needs increased amounts to experience the effects). He experiences withdrawal symptoms when the use is reduced or stopped. Some common addictive drugs are:

a) Opiates (heroin, morphine, codeine, opium) are very addictive, and are usually consumed by injecting the drug into your blood stream, smoking, or snorting. These drugs are used as painkillers, and create an euphoric, and very relaxed state of mind.

b) Prescription drugs (percocet, hydrocodone, Oxycontin, vicodin, etc.) this list could go on and on. If there is a pill or drug available more than likely someone has abused it!

c) Methamphetamine or speed! This drug has ruined countless lives, and is usually injected, smoked, or snorted. Very highly addictive, and can lead to death in just a few years.

d) Cocaine (crack cocaine) Comes from the leaf of the coco plant. Highly addictive, and very expensive, many a fortune has been spent on this drug.

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