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How to Avoid Becoming Addicted to Things

Updated on June 19, 2013

~ Addiction

Addiction is the continued and prolonged use of a mood altering substance, behavior, person, or thing, with no regard to the adverse dependency consequences or neurological impairment leading to said behavior. Any person can become addicted to any thing very easily, but for any addiction to start is gradual and forms over a duration of time. Some times addiction or the beginning signs of addiction can be foreseen and noticed by other people.

*Classic traits of a person who is addicted to any thing are:

  • Impaired control over substance/behavior
  • Preoccupation with substance/behavior
  • Continued use with no regard for consequences and denial

The result for the addicted person is immediate gratification, which is only a short term feeling, matched with delayed effects, which is long term. When a person finally overcomes any addiction or dependency, there is always a withdrawal period which may involve cravings, irritability, and some times cold sweats with tremors. The cycle for all addictions, which all starts within the mind, is demonstrated below. Addiction is considered a disease, but one with a cure.

~ The Cycle of Addiction

~ Causes of Addiction

Many people may have a problem with addiction and may not even realize it. Basically, an addiction is something that becomes used to the extreme and a "must-have" for a person. These addictions can start from a variety of reasons, or maybe just one. Any thing done or used more than what is considered "normal" is an addiction. People who are addicted to certain things have different reasons why this happens.

*Some of the causes of addiction can range from:

  • Genetics
  • Past History
  • Environment
  • Habits and Routines
  • Mental Health - A person with a mood disorder is at a much higher risk of obtaining a substance abuse addiction. People that are much more impulsive than others are also at a higher risk for developing addictive behaviors as well.

Many different parts of a person are effected from an addiction, including their lives, emotions, and also the chemicals inside of the brain. An addiction is generally any thing that makes a person feel good on the inside, but is also hurtful to that particular person and the loved ones around that person who is addicted. Any one can become addicted to any thing, very easily.

~ Types of Addictions

An addiction can be to many different things and is easy to obtain. What ever makes a person feel good at that particular time becomes addicting to a person because they want that good feeling to last or to always have that good feeling again. These feelings of goodness can come from certain things or certain people and include an adrenalin rush, short term contentment or happiness, and fulfillment for that moment in time. Those feelings can become addicting and a person may even obsess about it. Understanding a person's feelings is a way of understanding their addiction, how to solve it, and even why and how it all started.

*The addiction(s) that any person can have may range from any thing and even other people:

~ Ways to Avoid Addiction

Since addiction is a gradual process that happens over a period of time, there are ways to prevent addiction to any thing from forming. And since addiction can be to any thing, there are also ways to maintain a healthy limit for every thing. Addiction starts within the mind, so if the mind is stronger than the body then addiction is not even an issue. There are many other traits a person must possess to keep their lifestyle addiction free, but a person must also have the self will power to also want to be addiction free. No one else can change another person, except themselves.

Some great ways to avoid addiction are mentioned below. Mixing the want and the will power a person has along with the methods mentioned below will ensure a healthy way of living with healthy limits and boundaries. This will also encourage other people in your presence to also want to improve their own way of living.

1. Self Discipline

An addiction begins when people begin to loose certain personality standards, or may be were never taught them to begin with. Self discipline is a personality trait that holds to a high standard for a person maintaining themselves, their lives, and their actions. A person can train themselves to control their conduct, and usually for personal improvement which includes avoiding any addictions. When a person trains themselves to become well behaved, other strong personality traits will also follow, like good decision making. A person must know self discipline to avoid becoming addicted to any thing or any one, but also to survive in this world. Having self discipline also involves having self control and self motivation.

2. Self Control

This means controlling your own actions, emotions, and desires no matter what the circumstances or situation may be. A person with self control will find it easier to make it through the world and easier to avoid any addictions, even obsessions. Also called self regulation, self control exhibits a person that maintains a well balanced lifestyle with punishments and rewards. This attribute is important for any person's decision making process and to their success in the future.

3. Self Motivation

Every one is responsible for their own actions and decisions, which includes maintaining self control and self discipline. This also includes motivating yourself, relying on no other person, with incentives for success. An example of self motivation is to set a goal for yourself with a reward once accomplished, and obtain both the goal and the reward.

4. Moderation

This seems to be the golden rule and the most common rule for every one pertaining to the world. Applying moderation to every thing and every one is designed to keep boundaries and limits at a respectable amount, without favor. Setting reasonable and moderate margins for daily life to eliminate or lessen extremes is a great way to avoid becoming addicted to any thing. This will create and mild and calm atmosphere within any one's life, with some normality and stability.

5. Beware of negative people

These types of people are a negative influence will only encourage and pressure other people to develop negative habits and a negative lifestyle, which can lead to addictions to certain things. For example: if a person has a best friend who likes to drink often with no limits, the chances of acquiring alcoholism is increased. This type of person is not healthy for another person wanting to avoid becoming addicted to things because they are enabling negative behavior along with encouraging it even further.

6. Change routines

This means not always doing and having the same thing for prolonged moments of time, which can increase the chances of an addiction to start. For example using the internet for prolonged periods of time daily may start an internet addiction. Changing routines often, combined with methods 1-4, will decrease the chances of addictions from forming by eliminating excessive use and by mixing things up.

7. Completely avoid any thing that is genetically addictive

This usually includes drug and alcohol abuse. When this type of addiction is apparent in any person's genetics, the risk is automatically increased by a high percent. Things that are genetically addictive have started in past generations and will continue to be passed on to future generations unless avoided completely. Some times even when moderation is used, genetic addictions are harder to overcome.

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    • Cristale profile image

      Cristale 4 years ago from Florida

      Thank you so much for reading my hubs and enjoying them. Every thing in moderation, including moderation!

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      Beth37 4 years ago

      Wonderful advice! If you are ever inclined to read my hubs, they are about my constant addictions for the past 3 years and how Im just coming out of them. I have found what you've said here to be spot on. (I noticed you play word with friends... Im an online scrabble addict too... you're right, we can be addicted to anything!) Thanks. Voted up and useful. :)

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      Cristale 4 years ago from Florida

      Thank you so much for reading and for voting.

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      Maybe my only addiction is food... but now that I'm overweight I really need to be in control. Thanks for sharing your helpful hub. Voted up and useful.

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      Cristale 4 years ago from Florida

      Thank you for reading my newest hub!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thankfully I am not addicted to anything. But I am addicted to my family and always want to spend more and more time with them.

      Anyway, that's a nice and well written hub and would help many to think of leaving their addictions. Most strange and interesting addiction is tanning.

      Thanks for sharing this useful hub. Voted up!