The Power of Addiction over Your Life
Addiction could be easily classified as the primary conduct that gives a variety of short-term happiness and delights yet has unfavorable effects on the self and the surroundings in the long haul.
The habit of addiction is quite difficult and a real challenge to overcome.
When it comes to substance abuse, the physical and mental impacts of it are diverse as they could affect the individual to suffer a great loss in productivity, withdrawal, lack of care to oneself and others around him or her, as well as an obvious physical dependence to the offending substance itself. One of the main indicators that will identify an addict is their tendency and desire to obtain that particular substance they are addicted in – and without it, they are affected physically and psychologically enough to impede them from behaving normally.
Psychological addiction on the other hand, stems from some sort of an increased fixation wherein the individual thinks and believes that whatever they feel is correct and justified, be it in terms of sexual acts, crave for things that they do not have but others do, shopping to their hearts’ content even if they can no longer afford to pay the bills, binge eating, constant use of cigarettes and so on.
Feelings of rejection and refusal to acknowledge that they have an addiction issue is one of the many levels of protection that an addict has built in order to shield himself; recognize that, once they are able to perceive their shortcomings and would willingly admit to themselves that they do indeed suffer from some sort of addiction, then that is the start of treatment. In effect, every aspect of the addict’s life – personal, family and even working relationships – are gradually obliterated until nothing would be left except the increasing level of dependence to the object of their fixations.
Humans thrive by being dependent on someone or something in general, as long as it is within reason and still governed by proper mental judgement then there would be no problem, but anything that becomes uncontrollable and has adverse effects on the body, can already be considered as an addiction. A fixation to something – whether it is psychological or physical – ends up isolating the individual as they tend to form unfavorable habits which have social and personal ramifications to everyone involved.
To combat this, the person has to undergo a recovery process from alcohol and drug use until they are able to curb and control their desires and fixations. If the addict feels that love and support are provided to him by the people he values deeply, then he could be influenced to start the path to recovery.