What is Addiction

When you think of an addiction, what do you think of? Drugs? Alcohol? Whilst these two substances are both very capable of being a path to addiction, they are not the only addictions. Addiction can be defined as a dependency or unhealthy obsession.
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Addiction comes in many forms and doesn’t have to be related to a substance, as our understanding of addiction grows, so does our definition. When we usually think about addiction we think of it with a negative undertone, but this isn’t necessarily the case. We can all think of examples, such as a person who becomes very irritable if they don’t go to the gym, this could be considered a positive activity with a negative outcome if the addiction isn’t sustained.

Examples of addiction

  • Substance misuse
  • Gambling beyond your means
  • Obsession with training
  • Video games
  • Social media
  • Sex / Masturbation
  • Food (over and under eating)
  • Smoking

All these things can be addictive, as can anything. When any action becomes unhealthy, or a problem in your day-to-day life, this is a form of addiction. When we look at addiction in this way, we can see all the different ways we can become dependent on substances or activities, and how a lot can slip under the radar, due to the nature of the addiction potentially being a positive for most people.

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