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Things To Know About Addiction

Updated on February 2, 2012

Compulsive Disorder

Have you ever had a gripping desire to feel wonderful or to get rid of pain? To some degree our answer could be yes. The word addiction is reserved for drug dependents. But we need to know that there are compulsions that have the same impact as those who use Drugs! There are some chemical, psychological, and social common denominators between all forms of habitual behaviors. One of the key determinants in addiction is persistence. We continue the behavior in spite of harmful outcomes. Nevertheless, how wonderful you feel at the moment the end result is devastating and debilitating.

Addiction doesn’t remain steady; it usually takes more and more of a person’s energy and resources that it comes to a point of destruction and even fatal. As it progresses it becomes a way of life. How come that a person gets hooked?

Life is a circuitous journey. One experiences happiness, sadness or pain. But one is in constant pursuit of happiness and peace. Please bear in mind that we are always seeking for things that are rewarding and positive, if we feel good about it, we tend to do it again! We believe that we can be nurtured by events or objects in order to get temporary relief from the pain and pressure in life. Thus, this nurturance becomes a lifestyle; we try to nurture ourselves by avoiding responsibility and denying reality. Gradually, we depend on the process of nurturing and look for the mood alteration. The acting out helps avoid the negative feelings. As this process continues, we now spend more time on our addiction rather than the act of reaching out to others for help. We now isolate our self, for in distress we turn to our addiction not by the compassion of our loved one. We no longer trust others to provide the acceptance we need.

Compulsive behavior is best understood as an individuals’ self defeating adjustment to one environment, it represents habitual style of coping.

Stages of Addiction:

Stage One: The person repeatedly seeks the illusion of relief to avoid unpleasant feelings or situations.

Stage Two: The episodes of behaviorally out of control become more frequent.

Here are the indicators of this stage:

· The person lies when it would be easier to tell the truth

· The person blames others, knowing it’s not true

· Behavior becomes ritualized

· The person withdraws from others

Stage Three: The person starts to breakdown due to the tremendous stress caused by the increased pain, anger, and fear which results from continuously acting out. One of the strong possibilities on this stage is the person cannot break away from the addictive nature unless a person gets help. My guide to Parenting Our Inner Child is also a very effective way to overcome addiction. Overcoming it is not an easy task, we need to take the Step by step process to achieve sobriety and be compulsion free.

These are the forms of Addiction:

Romance Addiction

Relationship Addiction

Sexual Addiction

Food Addiction

Power Addiction

Religious Addiction

Activity Addiction

Indications that a person has this addiction will be presented in my future hubs.


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    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      yes Audrey...all sorts of addiction...a very nasty habit we need to contend with...thank you for sharing your insights Audrey...

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      Addiction destroys lives. It is a hot area of medical research right now. Great read!

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      hello Deborah-Diane...thank you for dropping couldn't be more right...just like what happened to Whitney Houston...take care...

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      you're welcome thumbi...and thank you too for taking the time to read this hub...a great day to you...

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      In my search for the truth, i found out that you can't say it's just how things are but you have to dig deeper to uncover the truth...when i experienced depression, i know there's something wrong with me...i ask the question why: so i only did the best thing i know, spread the word so people may know...thank you once again for sharing your insight with me...

    • Deborah-Diane profile image


      6 years ago from Orange County, California

      Addiction is a powerful force. I've seen it destroy many lives.

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      JR Krishna 

      6 years ago from India

      On hearing the word addiction I used to think about drug addiction. Never knew about the different forms of addiction. Great read! Thanks for SHARING:)

    • shimmering Dawn profile image


      6 years ago

      Raciniwa, I am so glad that you chose to write on this subject. People are addicted to texting, over the counter pills, coffee, tea or even to other human beings. My friend keeps popping in painkillers and I keep warning her that she has just given her kidneys a death sentence.. I hope people will understand that their need is not things and highs but a lack within which needs to be fulfilled in other ways. Well written, kudos to you! Be a blessing!

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      Hello theking...well, one way of overcoming it is accepting that you have it...undergoing the process is a way of overcoming it...please read my article on Parenting the Inner Child so as to give light to you...thank you taking the time to visit...have a great day...

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      6 years ago

      Addictions are horrible an addiction I currently have is computer addiction just feel like I have the urged to be on-line hopefully I can break it.

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      you're right there Krystal...we often ignore those signs until such time that our body couldn't go on and had bugged down...thank you for leaving an insightful comment...

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      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Raciniwa, so often we hear about drug and alcohol addictions. It is easy for people to justify other forms of addiction because its "not that bad." Anytime any activity is impeding your life and when you stop you find you can't, you might have an addiction. Thanks for this totally useful hub!

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      hello Billy...going back to myself and examining it, was my first on discovering my misery, so through this i come to know myself better...thank you for visiting my hub...take care...

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautifully written; thank you for the hub and for sharing your thoughts on a difficult subject.

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      that's addiction on Activity Ruchira...i'll be working on the symptoms of the different addictions but i won't publish it right away for i am still overcoming my you as always! God bless...

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu had me there Ruby...thanks for sharing...

    • Ruchira profile image


      6 years ago from United States

      well described, Racinwa.

      How about addiction to check your comments on hubpages :))

      voted up as interesting indeed. It sure is a compulsive behavior and being aware of it might help us change ways.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Very interesting article, so many different kinds of addiction. I am with Rosemary, CHOCOLATE..Hee..

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      Hello Rosemay...yeah, addiction could be destructive if the person is in denial...thank you for visiting...

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      Hello Vinaya...yes, even love can be an addiction if what's important to the person is the feeling rather than the person itself...thank you for sharing your insights...

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      hahahaha...good morning Frank...what a better way to start my day...thank you as always my

    • raciniwa profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      Good Morning Manoj! thank you for engaging me with your wit...infatuation is a two way could be a baby feeling if nurtured it could help a person grow into a healthy relationship, but it could also be a an earlier sign of addiction if a person could not get away from it...

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A great hub on an important subject. There are many addictions and none of them any good for us. Even in love, like the movie Fatal Attraction.

      I think my addiction is chocolate hee hee.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      When I was in high school I had drug addict friends. Some times I also thought it is okay to take soft drugs. In all ways addiction is bad, even it means when addicted to love.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      Raci, a very important share... should be hub of the day.. but..I got an addiction to your hubs.. r you watching me shake with convulsions? everytime you publish one.. lol kidding however this is an important share Frank

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      Manoj Kumar Srivastava 

      6 years ago from India

      Raci, well addiction can have so many meanings never knew. But what is infatuation. Is it a stage of addiction or a malaise in itself. Lovely and scholarly written with much feel. Addicted and infatuated,



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