Understanding Addicts and How It Affects You
Addiction could be easily classified as the primary conduct that gives a variety of short-term happiness and delights yet has unfavorable effects on the self and the surroundings in the long haul.
As most addicts know firsthand, getting hooked on something – be it physical, emotional or chemical substances is rather difficult to break, especially if the person addicted to it is always looking to experience the kind of emotional and physical release that they always get whenever they are able to acquire their object of addiction.
When it comes to substance abuse, the physical and mental impacts of it are diverse as they could affect the individual to suffer a great loss in productivity, withdrawal, lack of care to oneself and others around him or her, as well as an obvious physical dependence to the offending substance itself. 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.
Addiction happens when there is an over-dependence on something, so much so that the person is unable to live and function properly without the substance or object they are fixated to which is also the point where withdrawal and side effects would start; thus this kind of negative dependence is considered as an addiction. A fixation to something – whether it is psychological or physical – ends up isolating the individual as they tend to form unfavorable habits which have social and personal ramifications to everyone involved.
In order to manage this, the addict has to willingly submit to a recovery process from alcohol and drug use so that anything tormenting their body and minds can be stopped, and their addictions controlled easily. If the addict feels that love and support are provided to him by the people he values deeply, then he could be influenced to start the path to recovery.