At one point or another in our lives, we get addicted to one thing or the other. Our addiction can be positively driven or negative.
I remember a time when I was addicted to TV series. I spent most of my free time to watch them. I was drawn to the episodes as I look forward to gleaming my eyes on the Television set just to watch a current scene. It took my time. I was addicted to it.
As time went on, I noticed that my habit was drifting me away from valuable things in my life. I no longer pay attention to some of the basic things that can make my life better. I was no longer as productive as I used to be.
My insistent habit of watching series was stealing and killing my time. I could not realize the harm and damage I was causing myself until when it was almost late. I lost an opportunity of a good job offer because I was determined to watch a scene and could not properly pay attention to my online job interview I had on a day of one of the episodes. I hurried through without giving attention to details. I paid the huge price as I failed the interview which greatly affected my finance as I was unable to recover for a long time, all thanks to my addiction.
Similar scenario and even worse cases happen in the life of many individuals. We get addicted to events, individuals, characters and things of that nature.
Some of the things people get addicted to include:
- Watching of TV, series or movies
- Playing games
- Taking drugs
- Researching on new events
The list is endless as addiction can come in different ways or forms we cannot predict.
As earlier mentioned, addiction can be negative or positive. A person that is custom to reading or research is addicted but in a green limelight that will transform to positive living. These groups of people are posse with positive addiction as they tend to improve and develop themselves through their habit. They develop the act of consistently doing what they are passionate about. Most of the time, this kind of addiction comes with discipline that enables a conscious effort to do the right thing at the right time.
Unfortunately, people focus on the negative addictions like drug, pornography, gambling and others of that nature. This is because most addictions are on the ugly side. These negative addictions kills the soul as well as the body, thereby reducing worthiness of the individual and affecting ones productivity.
The most unfortunate part of addiction is that many people do go into it without seeing the negative part. For instance, a drug addict might see the habit of inhaling substances as a remedy to troubled mind or depressed mode. It is seen as a solace to a threatening situation so as to settle or have peace of mind.
People engage in addiction because they have deep emotional problem which they don’t have solution on how to solve.
People get addicted because they
- Want to feel good or feel high
- Want to feel better be being relieved from stress or problems
- Make themselves better be either improving their performance or thinking capability
- Want to meet up with peers or peer pressure
Many people gradually drift into addition without being fully conscious of what they are doing or the consequence of it. Research shows that some individuals move into negative addition (creating issues for themselves) with the notion of solving a problem like trauma.
Some eat habitually to subdue tension or stress; resulting in obesity in the long run; being afflicted with one ailment or the other because of an unhealthy addiction. There are individuals that take alcohol or drug in order to shine-up or belong; forming it as a regular habit and getting drenched in the rain as a result of it.
Some get accustomed to pornography to deal with their urge or mere inquisitiveness. Their constant watching of such act might result in dysfunction of certain hormones or thinking ability; making them to perform or behave in un-imaginary ways.
Negative addiction belittles ones capability and makes one less productive.
Who are affected by addiction? Anyone can be affected by addiction.
Addiction is respecter of no human or race.
People of all ages are affected by addiction. It is not a failure of will but can be likened to human choice, creating attention to change which can be either positive or negative.
Psychologists see addiction as an escape route to suffering or response to a situation. How then can people remedy or solve this issue – the negative aspect.
Response to addiction is not judgment or self control but a calculated effort to fight a negative.
Individuals including the media – TV, Radio see addicted people as desperate persons who want to escape, without showing why they are desperate. They hide behind the drive, as they are always seen as aggressive and manipulated.
Is it possible to cure a person of negative addiction?
The answer is ‘Yes’ and ‘No’
Yes! because people that entered into negative addiction because of trauma or bad experience can gradually come out of it with time if proper medication, counseling and healing process is adhered to.
No! because addiction comes with wrong direction and wrong perspective. Often victims of addiction need 100% support which is hard to come by. The environment and people which can be friends, relatives or the general populace; give them hard time while few others encourage them without breaking even.
Individuals with habitual addictions may be aware that they have an issue but might not be able to stop themselves to the fact that they have inculcated the act in them. This causes psychological, physical as well as interpersonal problems in persons making them to stick to their habit.
Tremendous emotional pain that comes from abuse makes it difficult for people to bear or share their pain. The trauma with environmental challenges shapes the brain cells to behave in an awkward way; making individuals most of the time to find relief from things like drugs and other substances.
According to American Psychiatric Association ‘Changes in the brain’s structure and function are what cause people to have intense cravings, changes in personality, abnormal movements, and other behaviors. Brain imaging studies show changes in the areas of the brain that relate to judgment, decision making, learning, memory, and behavioral control’.
Traumatized children feel very terrible. They tend to withdraw or get addicted to a pattern of life. Some individuals that are sexually abused see themselves as being weak; they tend to fight back through addiction to gulp the anger, pain or shame they experience.
Addiction is more of psychological habit than behavioral change. People with negative addiction need support and help to enable them come out of the menace.