How to tell if you have an addiction
By now many of you will be aware of the health implications of overdoing it on a regular basis. There are so many people out there who constantly overindulge, which is dangerous in itself.
But, sometimes bad habits can turn into addictions. Learning the difference is critical, especially if you’re not sure about your own behaviour.
BEHAVIOURAL & SUBSTANCE ADDICTION
First of all, it’s important to note that addiction is not limited to substances or alcohol. You could end up with an addiction to a particular behaviour, whether that be the rush of going out, or perhaps sexual addiction.
SPOT THE SIGNS
Common signs that you are dealing with an addiction include: lack of self control, or an inability to stay away from a substance or behaviour. Isolation or abandoning commitments or ignoring relationships. Ignoring risks and neglecting your own safety and wellbeing. And the telltale physical effects - for instance, withdrawal symptoms or needing more of a certain substance to get a buzz.
Following on from those key indicators, another way to diagnose an addiction is how much it impacts you. Is the lifestyle consuming you? Is it all you can think about? Are you seeking out dealers during the week? Have friends or family voiced their concerns?
LOSS OF CONTROL
This is an important point, which needs to be emphasised. There’s a distinct difference between having a big blowout every once in a while, or even getting smashed most weekends, and being totally at the mercy of an addiction. When you lose control of your compulsions to the point of no self control, it’s become a serious problem.
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