It is so annoying when ad(s) pop up on our cell phones when we are literally so engaged in that online video, Instagram post by the Kardashians or that funny meme. And mostly, so displeasing when you are out of diction for the poem or love note you want to write. Well, that’s a just a slight banter to indicate how the word “AdDiction” is the most awkward thing on earth.
In as much as researchers cannot even agree on a standard definition of addiction or whether addiction is a disease, it is said to be a condition in which a person engages in the use of a substance or in a behaviour for which the rewarding effects provide a compelling incentive to repeatedly pursue the action despite adverse consequence.
Addiction can be classified into two forms
Addiction to substance
Substance addiction has to do with alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, hallucinogens, cannabis, opioids, etc
Behavioral addiction on the other hand are habits such as playing video games, food(eating), shopping, gambling, work, sex and pornography.
Some people often find themselves cluelessly shaking their heads when told to have had an addiction of some sort. In such cases, you assume it’s just a habit you enjoy not knowing its addiction. I could agree with you but then we would both be wrong.
Addiction has a physical or psychological harm on individuals; it also has the capacity to induce a sense of hopelessness and feelings of failure as well as shame and guilt.
Here’s a checklist from “Psychology Talk” for you to determine if you are suffering from any addiction but do not depend solely on these:
There is a craving to use the substance or activity
Use of the substance or activity disrupts role at work, school or home.
Use of the substance or activity continues despite the social or interpersonal problems it causes.
Participation in important social work or recreational activities drops or stops.
Use occurs in situations where it is physically risky.
The recovery from substance addiction is a process, one that means going through a long term process such as:
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Just to mention a few. Relapse is now regarded as part of the process. So relapse is a return to bad behaviour that an individual had stopped doing. Most people normally go through that countless and yet are able to recover. In case you tried desisting from gambling for weeks and later relapsed, that definitely is not the end of the road. The fact is, success tends not to occur all at once and any improvements are considered important signs of progress.
IS ADDICTION RELATED TO SELF CONTROL?
For individuals seeking answers to this, I got you covered. The first thing you need to know is, self-control has a role in addiction recovery. You might be wondering what self-control is. It is defined as having authority over your thoughts and emotions and being able to resist temptation in difficult situations. Self-control helps individuals remain sober after addiction recovery.
Deductively one can say that self-control is a skill. Therefore you need to initiate, practice and develop by getting into the habit of controlling your behaviour.
Again, to pipe up your self-control level, you need to B-E-L-I-E-V-E in Y-O-U-R-S-E-L-F. Trusting that you are able to achieve a goal is very necessary, when you tend to believe that you have some control over the addiction, you certainly have the power to sail through. This boots your self-confidence as well. Also, delay a temptation for a period of time to subside the intense desire you previously had.
As awkward as addiction is, inform loved ones about it, most people gain social support without rehabilitation to recover.