Addiction takes many forms, such as alcohol, drug, gambling, and sex addiction, What unites these types of addictions is the loss of control and the overwhelming preoccupation with the substance or stimulus, despite the negative consequences that comes along with it.
One of the biggest problems with addiction is that after awhile, a person can build up a tolerance for the substance or the stimulus. This means that in order to feel “normal,” the addict must intensify the behavior or substance use.
Addition Affects All Aspects of Your Life
Addiction can lead to physical problems. For example, an alcoholic or drug user may damage internal organs or cause brain damage from sustained use. A sexual addict may risk his or her health by sleeping with multiple partners and contracting an STD.
Addiction can also destroy families and friendships. For example, a compulsive gambler may lie to his friends and family in order to cover up his or her gambling problem.
Financial problems may result as an addict attempts to fund his or her addiction. In extreme cases, an addict may even resort to theft, fraud, or embezzlement to afford the addiction.
Many different forms of treatment exist that can help treat addiction. There are residential facilities, counseling options, and 12-Step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Sex Addicts Anonymous, that can help your or a loved one overcome addiction.
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