The Power of Addiction over Your Life
Some say that addiction is primarily a mental thing yet it is also characterized by the physiological changes happening in the body, and the various effects that it has on society and culture.
Addiction is difficult to stop, not on account of the addicts’ desire not to do it but rather, it is because the junkie is often in denial and does not really want to acknowledge that they have a fixation problem, willfully and stubbornly ignoring the issue which hinders them from seeing their conducts clearly and with clarity.
In general, once the person is classified as having a chemical addiction, this means that their dependence lies mainly on drugs and substance abuses. Truly, a person is considered as highly addicted to a particular substance – either alcohol or medication or any other types of chemicals, when they show an increased level of dependence and the need to have it, especially if the individual is unable to behave, think, and act properly as their mental and physical selves continues to crave for it.
The main reason why some people tend to become addicted psychologically is because, it has severely affected their ways of thinking and had clouded their judgements, thinking that their uncontrolled level of desire for something or to do it – sexual activities, shopping, lying, overeating, gambling – is fairly normal.
Feelings of rejection and refusal to acknowledge that they have an addiction issue is one of the many levels of protection that an addict has built in order to shield himself; recognize that, once they are able to perceive their shortcomings and would willingly admit to themselves that they do indeed suffer from some sort of addiction, then that is the start of treatment. In effect, every aspect of the addict’s life – personal, family and even working relationships – are gradually obliterated until nothing would be left except the increasing level of dependence to the object of their fixations.
Being dependent on something may not be too awful and some measure of reliance is actually healthy, however when there is unnecessary dependence to it, then that is something that can be considered as unhealthy. Being dependent on something creates an extraordinary level of reliance that can make the addicted individual lose touch with reality as they move to challenge and question basically everything and everyone they are involved with.
To combat this, the person has to undergo a recovery process from alcohol and drug use until they are able to curb and control their desires and fixations. Recovering is not easy, but what is important is the presence of love and support provided to the addict which are reasons enough to continue on the road to recovery.