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When we talk of something related to “addiction,” the tendency is to think of illicit drugs, alcohol, gambling, or even sexual activities. This is perhaps because we’re mostly exposed to people addictive to these kinds of substances or actions. However, it’s important to remember that addiction isn’t something that can only be associated with illicit drugs, alcohol, gambling, or sexual activities. A person can be addicted to anything, and sometimes they won’t even realize it until it’s too late. There are, however, “signs” you should watch out for if a particular thing is causing addiction, and those are addictive behaviours.

The Basics: What Is Addiction?

To make things a bit simpler to understand, “addiction” is simply the state of being addicted to something. Addiction normally manifests through what is called addictive behaviours, which can come in a variety of forms.

Sometimes, it can be challenging to identify these when it happens to our loved ones or the people we know because the things that cause addiction can be extremely mundane. However, it’s important to remember that addiction can manifest in any kind of behaviour, object, substance, or activity. It can transform into the major focus of someone’s life to the point of being harmful to themselves or to others in a social, mental, or physical context.

If you’ve ever encountered someone who is an alcoholic, a compulsive gambler, a workaholic, or someone with eating disorders, you might think at first glance that their situation might be similar to that of a person with addictive behaviour. That analysis isn’t entirely wrong, as some studies also suggest a relationship between physical addiction to substances like alcohol, and psychological dependence to activities like drinking.

A common conclusion is that if someone continuously exposes themselves to activities, objects, substances, or behaviour that makes them feel “high” or experience euphoria, then they may be in an addictive cycle.

Addictive behaviours can take a turn for the worse if they become manifestations of psychical addiction, as when a person has become dependent on the reactions they feel (the feeling of numbness or happiness, for instance) for exposing themselves to the addictive substance or action.

Spotting Addictive Behaviour

If you’re unsure whether a loved one or someone you know is showing signs of addictive behaviour, then it might be a good idea to remember some of these tips. If the person has a lot of these signs, then it might be best to seek psychological help.

  • If the person becomes obsessed to the point of actively seeking the activity, object, or substance, even if it’s causing harm to themselves or to other people.
  • If the person has a tendency to compulsively interact with the object or substance, or do the activity to the point of losing any measure of self-control.
  • If the person hides the activity or object after close friends or family have mentioned their concerns, and even denies that they may have problems because of their dependence on a substance or activity.

If Addictive Behaviour Is Too Much

Remember, if you, a loved one, or a friend, feel as though your psychological or physical dependence on an object, action, behaviour or substance is becoming too much to handle, you might be showing signs of addiction.

If stopping seems a bit too challenging to accomplish, always remember that our team here at Life Resolutions in Braybrook is just a call away. Our friendly customer service representatives can connect you to a psychologist that might be able to help you cope with your concerns. Together we can help you battle against your addiction until you rise victorious. We believe in you. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

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