Published on by Jason Smith


Addicts cannot control over how they behave have no control over what they do, how much they are using, and the substance they take. The addiction will often get to the point at which it is life threatening. Addictions do not only manifest in the substances they consume be it alcohol or drugs, it will often include  anything that once picked up, is hard to put down, this can be gambling, food, sex or shopping, – in short, addiction may refer to substance addiction or a process/behavioural addiction.

Throughout recent history addiction would usually just refer to substances that cross the blood-brain barrier, altering the chemical balance of the brain; these substances would include alcohol, nicotine and some narcotics. A growing number of psychologists, therapists and other health care professionals now are adamant that psychological dependency should most definitely also be counted as addictions, as  they can also lead to the same manifestations of guilt, shame, hopelessness, despair, failure, rejection and humiliation that dependency on drugs and alcohol court.

When an individual is addicted to a substance they have no control how much they use or how they use it, and become reliant on it to cope with the reality of everyday life.

Some of us can use substances socially and carry out our daily lives, work and family commitments without any major problems. Some of us, unfortunately may endure long term psychological and physical effects when our usage becomes a problematic addiction.

Addiction (noun) the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance or activity. The individual is unable to control the manifestations of addiction without support due to the mental and physical conditions involved.

Habit (noun) a settled or regular tendency or practice. It is usually by choice, an individual with a habit can make the choice to stop. The mental and physical manifestations are not an issue as it is with the case of addiction.

In conclusion, with a habit, you are far more likely to be in control of your choices, an addict on the other has no control of their choices. The factors that can trigger the addictive behaviours and problematic substance misuse and dependency are more and more at the forefront of new studies and continuous research, but it is agreed that addiction can be caused many factors such as, mental, emotional and circumstantial. Addiction inevitably leads to a tolerance, the addict needs more, their usage increases, and becomes more consistent, they are constantly chasing that 1st hit, which is in most cases a myth and even after that reward is no longer felt, they will continue to use. as reality and withdrawal seem impossible and unbearable.

If this sounds like you or someone you know and care about, do them a favour. They may not appreciate or like it right now, but you may just save a life!

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