Addiction is a word that is a taboo word in almost all societies and communities that I have seen in all these years. If you say that you are addicted to something then people look at you with a kind of stigma and they will look down upon you. I have always been someone who does not want to judge anyone and what I see is that almost everyone in this world is addicted to something or the other.
Let me elaborate on this a little more but before I tell you how I have come to this conclusion let us look at the definition of addiction.
Recurrent use of a substance or engagement with an activity leading to impairment or distress is an addictive disorder. The diagnosis is based on the presence of at least two of a number of features:
- The substance or activity is used in larger amounts or for a longer period of time than was intended.
- There is a desire to cut down on use or unsuccessful efforts to do so.
- The pursuit of the substance or activity or recovery from its use consumes a significant amount of time.
- There is a craving or strong desire to use the substance or activity.
- Use of the substance or activity disrupts role obligations at work, school, or home.
- Use of the substance or activity continues despite the social or interpersonal problems it causes.
- Participation in important social, work or recreational activities drops or stops.
- Use occurs in situations where it is physically risky.
- Use continues despite knowing it is causing or exacerbating physical or psychological problems.
- Tolerance occurs, indicated either by the need for markedly increased amounts of the substance to achieve the desired effect or markedly diminished effect of the same amount of substance.
- Withdrawal occurs, manifest either in the presence of physiological withdrawal symptoms or the taking of a related substance to block them.
- The severity of the condition is gauged by the number of symptoms present. The presence of two to three symptoms generally indicates a mild condition; four to five symptoms indicate a moderate disorder. When six or more symptoms are present, the condition is considered severe.
In our generation, the biggest addiction that a person has is actually what I call addicted to self. We have become so self-involved that we have forgotten that we are social beings and need to be concerned about others as well as ourselves.
Having said this I would like to point out some of the addictions that we do not even think about.
Addicted to work (Workaholics) , Addicted to Cell Phones ,Addicted to a certain lifestyle (if we change the lifestyle the person starts showing signs of withdrawal), Addicted to Caffeine (Without your cup of coffee you cannot start your day) & then there are very serious ones like substance abuse and Alcoholism.
The biggest question that arises is how do I get rid of addiction? How to Quit an Addiction? We will discuss this is a while but before we get into that let’s try to understand what are the reasons for addiction.
The psychological community says that the reason for addictions could be varied but the reality is that addiction of any kind could be routed to the person’s childhood or some kind of trauma that they would have had during the period of their life. These trauma’s leave a scar in the life of these people. These scars lead people to addictions. One of the reasons for young people to get addicted is that they want to experiment with various new things in life and get hooked.
Even something like being a workaholic could be the outcome to prove something, might not be to anyone but to yourself.
Addiction is something that can be cured, medications are one way but what that does is actually replace one substance for another and thereby I have seen a lot of people who relapse and become addicts ones that medication is stopped.
The healing of a person in any kind of addiction is not just getting rid of the habit but also to change and replace that habit with something else.
Sobriety Success program is a good way to get rid of the addictions.