People can enjoy many pleasurable activities in a healthy way that does not cross the threshold of addiction. However, sometimes the line between healthy enjoyment of an activity and developing an addiction to it can be crossed without someone even realizing it.
What Is an Addiction?
The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as a chronic disease that impacts the brain’s motivation, reward, and memory functions. A person with an addiction will feel as though they crave that substance—and may even ignore other areas of their life in order to fulfill their desires and support their addiction.
What Are Some Typical Signs of Addiction?
While addiction may be hard to recognize at first, there are some indicators of addiction that everyone should be aware. This may help you notice it as soon as possible in order to turn it around. Some signs of addiction include:
- An inability to stop engaging in a behavior or using a substance
- Lack of control
- Decreased socialization and neglecting relationships
- Ignoring risk factors, such as sharing needles even though there could be severe health consequences to doing so
- Physical effects, such as experiencing withdrawal symptoms
For someone with an addiction, it can be challenging to recognize that the addiction exists and take steps to overcome it. Many addicts will continue to find ways to continue and justify their behavior. It can be beneficial and even life-changing for supportive people in their lives to get them help if they begin noticing these signs of addiction.
Tharros House Sober Living Home
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