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Dealing With Your Addiction

Updated on October 5, 2010

People can get addicted to many things. When we think addiction, we think cigarettes, alcohol, etc. But even simple things like glue and paint can hook people. Some substances are even more addictive than others like drugs. You are addicted when you feel you have no control over something. You have to have it. Addiction can be physical, psychological or both.

Physical Addiction - This occurs when your body is dependent on something; even smoking is physically addicting. It also means you have more tolerance to that substance; you're more immune to it so you'll need larger doses of the substance. If you try to stop your addiction, you'll definitely experience withdrawal symptoms like diarrhea, shaking and simply feeling awful.

Psychological Addiction - This occurs when you are dependent on a substance emotionally. When this happens, you'll feel the desire to have that substance. Your whole life basically centers on your need for the substance.

How to know if you're addicted.

The most obvious sign will be your desire for a particular drug or substance. There will also be changes in mood or weight loss or gain.

Here are some simple signs that you or someone you know may be addicted to drugs or alcohol:

PSYCHOLOGICAL:

  • Use drugs or alcohol as a way to forget problems
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety, anger or depression
  • Problems with school work
  • Withdrawal or keeping secrets from family and friends
  • Loss of interest in activities that used to be important, etc

PHYSICAL:

  • Changes in sleeping habits
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Feeling shaky or sick when trying to stop
  • Needing more of the substance to get the same effect

Getting Help

To stop or quit an addiction is not easy especially if you're thinking of doing it on your own. Find someone you trust to talk to. A supportive and understanding adult is your best option.

Don't be discouraged if you cannot quit within a month or two. Quitting an addiction is not as easy as you think it is. Don't consider yourself weak to get help from the professionals. Here are some tips to make your road to recovery easier:

  • Inform your friends about your decision to stop your addiction. Your true friends will definitely be supportive and understanding and stand by you. Of course, this means that you will not be able to hang out with most friends whom you used to take drugs or alcohol with.
  • Ask for your family and friends to support you. You might want to talk to someone in the middle of the night. Having someone available will be a load off your mind. Do not reject help when it is being offered to you. If you talk it out, you will feel that a heavy load has been lifted off your shoulders.
  • Accept invitations where you know there won't be drugs or alcohol. If you go somewhere where you see alcohol or drugs, temptation to take it will be very strong and it might collapse your reserve to break the addiction. Go to the movies, try bowling or take part in classes that interest you.
  • Have a back up plan of what you're going to do if you find yourself with alcohol or drugs. As mentioned earlier, the temptation will be there but if you know how you're going to handle it, then you will do ok. You can make a plan with your family and friends through a code that when you call, they'll know that you need to out of there.
  • Remind yourself that having an addiction doesn't mean you're weak. If you go back to your old habits, talk to someone immediately. You don't have to be ashamed about that. What you need to do is ensure that your determination to break your addiction does not lose to the temptation.

If you have a friend who's having this problem, you can give him/her lots of encouragement and praise as well as your support. It may sound too mushy to some but knowing that someone cares for them will be a boost to their morale.

Stay Clean

Just because you have recovered from your addiction doesn't mean that you won't have any problems. It's a lifelong process. You can join a support group where you'll meet people who've experienced the same things you have. Many people also find that helping others can also help themselves. You understand the difficulty of the recovery process and can be a support to others. If you do have a relapse, don't be ashamed to get help right away. Do not undo the hard work that you put into breaking your addiction. In fact, people will actually look at you with respect for being able to overcome your addiction.

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      sminut13 7 years ago from singapore

      hi dream on, thanks so much for your comments. haha i've got to admit. one can get addicted to writing and hubpages. unfortunately, my writing's so-so thus i'm not that addicted but i am mildly addicted to hubpages. i may not do much but i won't be quitting anytime soon.

      i know it's a hobby when i take a break from writing for a long time, and i mean long literally like years lol.

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      DREAM ON 7 years ago

      I love this topic that covers so much ground.You gave some great examples of addictions.How about being addicted to writing and the hub pages.Is that just a Interest that you love and you pursue?How can you know if it is a hobby that you explore and crave to someday make it your career or profession?So really all your being dedicated to doing something consistantly to make your work better.You still work your normal job and you just spend alot of your free time following your dreams.Thank you for a great topic pic.

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      sminut13 8 years ago from singapore

      ohhh thanks so much rallenbrewster, it means a lot to me, especially since i'm just a newbie to writing, i've been here quite long now but haven't wrote much as i'm lazy :p but thanks so much, appreciate your comments. and congrats on beating your addiction.

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      rallenbrewster 8 years ago from USA

      Good information, being someone who has beat an addiction I know the lure and this hub does a good job of laying things out there.

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      smi 10 years ago

      compu-smart - thks itoo agree tht having someone to talk to is really a great help, not only for addictions but for any problems.

      thoogun - you have a point too. in those adrenaline rushes case and skydiving and all, i think you'd definitely be hooked if you're into those. but i don't think i'd label them addicting unless you really have to do it every day or every other day. but this is a good point to consider. thks

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      James D. Preston 10 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Great hub sminut13,

      I've always been curious as to what a gambling addiciton would fall under. Would it be true to say that it is both physical and Pyschological? I think I picked up someone that you can get hooked off a series of events biological events that you associate with an experice. Like adrenaline rushes and skydiving for instance.

      Interesting!

      Thoog.

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      Compu-Smart 10 years ago from London UK

      Thanks for these tips..Finding someone you trust to talk as you mentioned is a great tool for help..

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      sminut13 10 years ago from singapore

      thks lots

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      MrMarmalade 10 years ago from Sydney

      There is a lot of good information here

      Thank you

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