Most of us think of an addiction as being addicted to drugs, alcohol or cigarettes. However an addiction can be to anything as the dictionary clearly defines. The dictionary definition of ADDICTION is 1)the quality or state of being addicted (e.g. addiction to reading) 2) a compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly: persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful.
When we overindulge in any activity to the extent that it becomes harmful in some way and we can’t manage without doing it, the activity becomes an addiction. This causes problems for the addict and everyone around them.
Besides substances, we can also be addicted to behaviours, emotions, activities and stuff. Behavioural addictions can include gambling, exercise, sex and eating. Emotional addictions can include anger, depression and sadness. Addictions to activities can include watching TV, playing video games and playing sports. Addictions to stuff can include excessive buying of things you don’t really need (hoarding) and often go into debt to pay for them.
Are you addicted to anything? Do you overindulge in any activity that is causing serious problems for you, your family, friends and anyone else in your life? If so, try to take steps to take charge of your life and make some positive changes. Talk to a trusted family member or friend and ask them to help you . Seek professional help. Don’t let your life control you. Take control of your life and be happy!! Life can be great!!