Addiction can be defined as a compulsion to continue a behaviour that has harmful consequences. The effects of addiction can lead to other issues such as health problems, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, anger, stress as well as having financial implications. Addiction does not discriminate and anyone can be affected.
Addiction usually takes the form of an activity or substance, such as:
- Prescription medication
- Illicit drugs
- Computer games
You may notice some or all of these symptoms:
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Ongoing desire to stop
- Feel you can’t be without something despite trying to stop
- Being controlled by thoughts of the substance or behaviour
- Continuing despite any health implications
- Breakdown in relationships
- Deceit to continue with behaviours
- Needing to increase substance use or behaviour to gain the same effect
Addiction is sometimes developed due to the makeup of a person’s brain which can be affected by their family genes. It could be influenced by social development, as a result of being around other users. There are some people that use their chosen activity or substance as they believe that it helps them cope after traumatic experiences. However, it can sometimes lead to physical or psychological dependency.
If you have concerns about addiction and feel counselling may help, please get in touch.