Addiction and Life
Getting hooked and addicted has its process but often the end result is that they tend to focus on short-term levels of enjoyment but has negative effects in the long term to the individual’s health, relationships, finances, at work and will disrupt lives of everyone involved as a whole.
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.
In general, once the person is classified as having a chemical addiction, this means that their dependence lies mainly on drugs and substance abuses. Indeed, the essential element indicating a deep level of dependence and reliance on the substance itself is, the individual shows an expanded mental and physiological dependence on it, and without it, the person cannot really function well and behave normally in their daily lives.
Psychological addiction on the other hand, stems from some sort of an increased fixation wherein the individual thinks and believes that whatever they feel is correct and justified, be it in terms of sexual acts, crave for things that they do not have but others do, shopping to their hearts’ content even if they can no longer afford to pay the bills, binge eating, constant use of cigarettes and so on.
Denial is one of the main emotions that addicts use mentally in order to shield themselves from the misfortune they see that they will suffer on the off chance that they surrender the addictive conduct or substance they are badly hooked to. 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.
It is imperative for individuals suffering addiction to admit it to themselves and freely submit to a recovery process from alcohol and drug use until they can freely say that they have successfully battled and overcome their addictions. 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.