What is addiction?
Addiction is craving a substance or activity intensely and losing control over how much control this substance or activity has over you. Even though you know it causes harm to you and potentially others, you feel unable to stop.
Addiction changes the brain which is why it’s so difficult to stop. Addiction disrupts the way your brain naturally registers pleasure and it also disorders the normal processes of learning and memory. These changes ripple out to your entire body causing a pattern of sensations and emotions that feel like a permanent state.
Addiction is formulated due to ongoing sustained substance abuse, which triggers a chemical reaction in the brain. This chemical reaction causes the person to be reminded of the enjoyable effects of drug use, not realising the long-term damage. Addiction overrides natural behaviour and feeds the memory of the drug. The lifestyle of an addict is then based on feeding the need for the drug at any cost and all reasonable and rational thought is removed.
There are two types of addiction: physical addictions such as drugs (prescription drugs and illegal drugs), alcohol and tobacco; psychological addictions such as gambling, shopping, porn, sex and gaming.
Resolving addictions is possible with the right help and support.