Addiction is a powerful, evil force. It destroys both the addict and the people he deals with every day. This blog is devoted to understanding addiction and helping to overcome it, where it surfaces in your life
Kinds of Addictions
Addiction and dependency come in many forms. We usually think of chemicals when we think of addictions. Everyone knows that substances like heroin, cocaine and chrystal meth are powerfully addictive. Cigarettes are generally acknowledged as addictive. Then there are booze, weed and other social drugs.
Its interesting that there is a sort of sliding scale for addictions and how we view addicts, even though the mechanisms are the same and there really is not much immediate difference between them. If you're addicted to a hard drug there's a mixture of pity and condemnation because those substances are not sanctioned by society at large. Tobacco and alcohol are more generally accepted, so people do not look down on you without things have gone right off the rails in your personal life.
Its equally possible to become addicted to things which have no chemical power like pornography. You can be added to certain people or certain ways of doing things. These are not generally thought of as addictions, but the mechanisms are very similar to a pure chemical addiction. Some people do not believe there's any such thing as a porn addiction, and an addiction to doing things a certain way is classified as something different altogether and known as OCD.
How to Know When You're Addicted
Not everyone who is using a particular substance is addicted. The key question that determinates addiction is: can you quit? If part of you wants to quit your dependency and another part desires to carry on in spite of all the costs, then you are addedicted. That's the simplest definition I've ever come across and it makes the most sense to me.
Causes of Addiction and Dependency
For some people, its all in the genes. At the other end of the spectrum is the belief that addiction simply demonstrates a lack of moral fiber. Another explanation is that dependency is caused by faulty mental processes. And of course, there are those who believe that its the power of a chemical that does you in. In fact, nobody knows for sure at this point. The various camps are fighting it out, but the issue is unilaterally to be resolved anytime soon.