Recognizing and defining addiction isn’t always an easy task. Although there are many ways to define addiction, the American Heritage Stedman’s Medical Dictionary defines it as the “habitual psychological and physiological dependence on a substance or practice beyond one’s voluntary control.”
In the worst cases, addictions have a few devastating similarities that can be agreed upon by all:
- Addiction separates an individual from reality.
- It can inflict significant damage to the addict immediately or over time.
- Addiction often damages others that are close to the addict.
Cocaine, heroin, or other drug addictions are not only illegal but are socially unacceptable as well. Other addictions like smoking and alcohol use or gambling can be equally as damaging but are much more socially acceptable or even encouraged in some circles.
Addictions such as shopping and eating are routine activities that evolve to distorted levels. Still others such as addiction to coffee, tea, or chocolate in most cases do not even resemble the more severe addictions and are generally considered non-problematic or benign.
Nobody intentionally sets out with the goal of becoming addicted to harmful substances or behaviors. However, many people find themselves hopelessly addicted. The quicker a person can identify that there is an addiction problem, the more of a chance they have of effectively doing something about it. Here is a short list of some of the more prominent warning signs that may indicate an addiction problem is present:
- Abandonment of social or occupational activities to engage in addictive behavior, i.e., drug use, shopping, overeating, gambling.
- Inability to abstain from using substances or engaging in damaging behavior despite the knowledge of its dangers.
- Extended amounts of time expended obtaining, using, or recovering from substance abuse or damaging behavior.
- Repeated unsuccessful attempts to stop substance use or refrain from addictive behavior.
Addiction can be very subtle and often the addict does not realize that he or she has become dependent. Recognizing and defining addiction is the first step in resolving this growing problem.
Seek Inpatient Treatment for Substance or Behavioral Addictions
If you are struggling with any addiction, or if you have a loved one who may be, seek inpatient addiction treatment. Once you are capable of recognizing and defining addiction, you will have taken the first step to realize that you or a loved one can benefit from addiction treatment.
Here, at Awakenings Rehabilitation, we offer many different treatment programs that will benefit you or your loved one. We not only take care of your physical needs, but we also rehabilitate you emotionally. A treatment program will be designed to fit your individual needs and preferences. You will leave Awakenings with renewed health and ready to live a sober, productive and happy life once again.
Contact one of our representatives to learn more about our facility at Awakenings Rehab and the different treatment programs that we offer. Don’t continue on that dead-end road of addiction. Make that call now.
drugabuse.gov – The Science of Drug Use and Addiction: The Basics