Addiction is a phenomenon that we have as a species
struggled with for as long as we can trace. There are various forms of addiction they are becoming increasingly
modernised incorporating, today's distractions.
Addiction tends to develop when an individual's
relationship with a particular substance or behaviour changes in the context of reliance. In other words when
somebody uses the substance or behaviour to help with something, to cope with something, to act as an emotional
support, then they tend to engage it from more of an emotional point of view and consequently they begin to
establish a different dynamic. If this continues, the extension can be the establishment of an addiction. What ever
contributes to this happening (usually an increased or more intensive emotional engagement and thus reliance), when
it does happen the rules of the game tend to change relatively dramatically. This is the point where the individual
seems to loose apparent control. they are now continuing to engage the behaviour or substance despite the fact that
it costs them and their loved ones so much. In fact the cost for them can be so great that even thinking about
it (not to mention talking about it) can be unbearable. And what may help to not think about it? The addiction
cycle establishes itself and the resulting destruction can (in addition to the difficulty for the individual) can
be heartbreaking and incredibly stressful to witness.
The important thing to be aware of is that there is
help. Getting help for addiction can be relieving and enlightening and more importantly, changing. Help from
the right professional who is experienced in the area, for the individual and/or the loved ones, provides
great support and opportunity for real change. People change every day. People resolve addictions everyday, and as
daunting as it may seem, and indeed as impossible as it may seem, people with the right kind of help are very
successful in their approach to comprehensive change.
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More common addictions include:
- Drug dependence
- Including both illicit (street) and licit
(e.g. prescription or over the counter) drugs
Less common addictions that are growing substantially include:
- Technology addiction
- including gaming, internet, mobile phones,
The latter group of
addictions are more commonly referred to as process addiction or behavioural addiction.
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