What does it mean to be addicted?

What is a Addiction

In our society today, I think most of us have some form of addiction such as alcohol, drugs, gambling, tablets, sex, shopping, sugar, eating disorders, cutting ourselves, food, smoking, snus, exercise, sweets, work , depression, love, relationships, desire for control, desire for power, stress, social media etc. I believe that all addictions are some form of escape behavior, from ourselves and life and the society we live in right now.

We live in an information society with a high pace, rapid change and a lot of stuff. We are exposed to a huge noise of life through our social environment, media, advertising, family, friends, work or study friends and their conscious and unconscious demands and expectations every waking minute we get a message that tells us how to live, be and see out and what things and gadgets you should have, this governs and limits our whole life to be a slave and robots under the demands and expectations that our society has built up. You follow all these signals blindly because you have been taught to do so because it determines your life lies and your ability to adapt. This means that you live a life only based on what your schoolmates, co-workers, friends, advertising, neighbors, relatives and what all other influences consider. You really have no life of your own. Based on this life, we create an escape behavior into an addiction.

Like all other vertebrates, we have a reward system in mind. We have it because it should be wonderful to live and enjoy life and through the pleasure it arises that the brain’s reward system is activated and we are supplied with dopamine and then we feel that we are enjoying. Chemical signaling substances are released from some nerve cell extracts and stimulate others. But when we do not live a meaningful life and enjoy life but only experience meaninglessness, emptiness and stress, a large deficit of dopamine arises.

In my reality, I think that all addictions from the beginning are some form of escape behavior from meaninglessness, emptiness and stress that can also be an addiction, where low self-esteem is very important, what we are looking for from the beginning is a new feeling to escape into from meaninglessness, emptiness and stress, we experience this new feeling as meaningful at first, but then this also develops into a new addiction that we can not control and which we simply do not have control over and which turns into an addiction.

Any activity, substance, object, or behavior that has become the main focus of a person’s life to exclude other activities or that has begun to harm the individual or others is physically, mentally, or socially considered an addictive behavior. A person can become addicted, addicted or compulsively obsessed with something. Some researchers suggest that there are similarities between physical dependence on various chemicals, such as alcohol and heroin, and psychological dependence on activities such as compulsive gambling, sex, work, running, shopping or eating disorders, tablets, sugar, cutting oneself, food, smoking, snus, exercise, sweets, work, depression, love, relationships, desire for control, desire for power, stress, social media etc. It is believed that these behavioral activities can produce beta-endorphins in the brain, which makes the person feel “high”. Some experts suggest that if a person continues to engage in the activity to achieve this feeling of well-being and euphoria, he / she may enter an addictive cycle. In this way, he / she becomes physically dependent on his / her own brain chemicals, which leads to continued behavior despite the fact that it can have negative health or social consequences. So really, there is no difference in the feeling of the kick from heroin like the kick from sugar or anything else, what we are looking for is a feeling that releases large amounts of dopamine in the brain’s reward system. which leads to continued behavior despite the fact that it can have negative health or social consequences. So really, there is no difference in the feeling of the kick from heroin like the kick from sugar or anything else, what we are looking for is a feeling that releases large amounts of dopamine in the brain’s reward system. which leads to continued behavior despite the fact that it can have negative health or social consequences. So really, there is no difference in the feeling of the kick from heroin like the kick from sugar or anything else, what we are looking for is a feeling that releases large amounts of dopamine in the brain’s reward system.

At the same time as there are demands and questioning, man begins to deny, lie, scam and create behavior to protect what has become too much behavior. It is common for children to become incredibly angry, outspoken and sad when you remove their games if they play too much. They have simply created a sense of security around their game, a way in which they feel good. The same goes for an alcoholic or drug addict. The drug allows people to cope with their world, they feel pretty good. If you remove it or question it, we defend it with beaks and claws. Addiction problems are incredibly complex, every year there is a lot of suffering and death, unfortunately.

Addiction is basically a way of learning where we have acquired a behavior that has gone too far and become a survival strategy that works. You do not drink to have fun anymore, you drink and drugs to feel okay and avoid discomfort. You know it’s wrong but your brain has learned that you have to have it because then you know you can handle the day. Security needs and confirmation needs are often a result of our history. Our history shapes us into who we are today, new knowledge and understanding of it allows us to tackle the future better.

We are slowly shaped by either good or bad choices. What drives us is the fear of feeling bad. Man hates to feel discomfort and does everything in his power, even if it makes it worse in the future. The law of least resistance applies and short-term solutions become your action.

Common traits among addictive behaviors 

There are many common characteristics among the various addictive behaviors:

  1. The person becomes obsessed (constantly thinking about) the object, activity or substance.
    2. They will seek it out, or participate in behaviors even though it causes harm (physical problems, poor work or study performance, problems with friends, family, co-workers).
    3. The person will compulsorily engage in the activity, that is, the activity over and over again, even if he / she does not want to and it is difficult to stop.
    4. When abstaining from activity, symptoms of abstinence often occur. These may include irritability, cravings, restlessness or depression.
    5. The person does not seem to have control over when, for how long or how much he or she will continue the behavior (loss of control). (They drink 6 beers when they only wanted one, buy 8 pairs of shoes when they only needed a belt, ate the whole box of cakes, etc.).
    6. He / she often denies problems that arise through his / her involvement in the behavior, even though others may see the negative effects.
    7. The person hides the behavior after family or close friends have mentioned their concern. (hiding food under beds, alcohol bottles in closets, spouses not showing credit card bills, etc).
    8. Many individuals with addictive behaviors report a blackout for the time they participated in the behavior (do not remember how much or what they bought, how much the lost gig, how many miles they ran on a sore foot, what they did at the party when one drinks)
    9. Depression is common in individuals with addictive behaviors. This is why it is important to make an appointment with a doctor to find out what is happening.
    10. People with addictive behaviors often have self-esteem, feel anxious if they do not have control over their environment and come from psychologically or physically abusive families.

The solution to letting go of many of our addictions is the following, to gain insights into this:

Life Lies & Customization
Life Patterns & ego
Truth & Reality
Reflection / Self-examination
Awareness & Mindfulness
Acceptance & Forgiveness
Self-Love & Self-Esteem
Meaningfulness, life purpose,
values, life compass
Passion, Joy of Life
Change / Development
Decisions & Val & Documents
Mental Training, the power of
Fears & Personal responsibility

 

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