Image: Are You An Addict? Rule Yourself Out

Are you an addict? How to rule yourself out. Most of us don’t know what addiction does to a person until we fall victim to it. The ‘strong willpower card’ is used by most of us as a justification for not giving in to it, but let me tell you one thing: addiction is not only a pleasure seeking dependence but also something that becomes a part of learning process and eventually memory.

Addiction affects the brain, resulting in a person craving for the thing while losing control over its use. The story does not end here — addiction takes a person to a point where negative effects cannot even stop him from pursuing it.

Commonly, folks consider alcohol, drugs and smoking as addictions but research has proved with the use of neuroimaging that excessive shopping, pathologic gambling and some other pleasurable activities involving libido (sexual desires) are also addictive in nature.

The frequency of substance addiction among Americans is as high as 1:10 for alcohol or other drugs. Out of these addicts, 1/3 of them are alcoholics and a big chunk involves the addicts of marijuana, cocaine and narcotic drugs.

Are You An Addict?

Are you an addict to seek pleasure from drugs like marijuana, cocaine, tobacco, and from alcohol and you cannot stop yourself from taking it despite feeling its adverse effects on your body, then you are surely in danger. Smoking is one good example of nicotine/tobacco addiction and if you are dependent upon nicotine containing substances along with tobacco, there is a likelihood that you are addicted to nicotine, which is worse than tobacco addiction.

Alcohol or drug addictions like marijuana, cocaine or opioid are other examples of substance addiction. They mostly start from the perspective of fun and pleasure but ultimately leave you with a total dependency on it.

Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM 1V) describes addiction either tied to any activity or a substance. If a person is taking any substance for a prolonged duration or if he is abusing its use besides knowing its side effects, he comes in the category of a substance addict.

Some of you may have never experienced tolerance or withdrawal symptoms, and if you are one of them then you have a non-physiological dependence on the substance.

Many others though fall victim to physiological dependence on these substances, in which you experience the incident of tolerance or withdrawal symptoms.

Behavioral Addiction

If you are pathologically addicted to gambling, or are internet freak, shopaholic, or cannot control sexually motivated activities, then there is a better chance that you are suffering from behavioral addiction. These addictions are mostly a result of modern gadgetry’s use, unnatural ways of seeking pleasures and loss of inhibitions against sexual desires. Behaviorally addicted individuals face impulse control disorder. To be precise, one must differentiate between impulsive compulsive disorder and behavioral addiction.

The behavioral addictions or non-substance addictions are included in DSM V, but not much evidence based data is present to support this type of addiction. However, the evidence based studies are currently on-going by the researchers on this specific type of addiction.

Are you an addict of any of the category mentioned here, you must try to come out of it because addiction is not only a pleasure seeking activity but it can turn into a chronic disease (termed by the doctors) which alters not only the learning processes of your brain but also alters the normal process of the brain. Once you are addicted you would want more of the same. Remember, normal people control their own life but an addict’s life is controlled by that specific substance/activity.

Also Read: Do You Think You Can Fight Addiction?