What Is Addiction? What Makes Someone Addicted To Something?


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Shumaela Rana answered
Addiction means an abnormally strong craving for something. It can be defined as "being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)". This term is mostly used as the abuse of the substance that straight stimulates the brain. It is observed by the activities like obsessive and fixated gambling, eating so many etc. Addiction is the state when a man indulges himself in an activity that in the long run becomes extremely tough to discontinue. Addiction can be categorized into two major categories. One is physical dependency and the other one is psychological dependence.

What makes some one addicted to some thing? Here we must talk about the factors which make some one addicted to something. The three major factors are genetic, biological, pharmacological (The science or study of drugs: their preparation and properties and uses and effects is called pharmacology) and social factors. It is most commonly seen that that there are certain addictions which actually run in the whole family. A man can be getting addicted to gambling, internet, sex, eating, self harm, work etc. the rate of speed with which an individual becomes addicted depends on the substance, its frequent use the means of ingestion, the pleasure intensity, and the man's genetic and psychological vulnerability.
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chopper prop answered
Some professionals believe that some of our brains process that use of an addictive act or substance differently where as a drink of alcohol for one person may be just that, a drink, however for another the feeling of pure euphoria may occur resembling taking morphine. Addiction is a disease period, an addiction or dependence is a recurring compulsion by an individual to engage in some specific activity, despite harmful consequences to the individual's health, mental state or social life. The term is often reserved for drug addictions but it is sometimes applied to other compulsions, such as problem gambling, and compulsive overeating. Factors that have been suggested as causes of addiction include genetic, biological/pharmacological and social factors.
Not all doctors agree on what addiction or dependency is. Traditionally, addiction has been defined as being possible only to a psychoactive substance (for example alcohol, tobacco and other drugs), which ingested cross the blood-brain barrier, altering the natural chemical behavior of the brain temporarily. However, "Studies on phenomenology, family history, and response to treatment suggest that intermittent explosive disorder, kleptomania, pathological gambling, pyromania, and trichotillomania may be related to mood disorders, alcohol and psychoactive substance abuse, and anxiety disorders (especially obsessive-compulsive disorder).
If drug addiction is what you are referring to there is hope, a simple program known as narcotics anonymous. NA.org.
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Anonymous answered
Other vulnerability to addiction is the weak state of a person for example, loneliness. When a person is lonely for a long time, the inner persona of this person craves for something to get attention. When this person get into a stage of denial, he or she will deny itself from the harm effect of anything that will attract him/her to be doing, sometimes stalking other people they like, sometimes, reading other people's mail, sometimes stealing, drinking liquor, smoking, anything that anyone could have their hands on often. Exercising can also be addicting, eating, praying, losing temper, fighting and so forth and so on.
Camilla Christian-Leadbitter Profile
I think that what makes people addicted to things for example smoking like myself is the enviromental factors. See I think that I am addicted to smoking because of the people I hang around the way that I have been brought up meaning both parents smoke. I would have never had thought that I would become a smoker like them as I don't really have that much respect for them so I was basically by myself than my friends started to smoke which I got drawn into thought bad times. I quit everything that I wanted to do; I used to play football but my lungs are too bad to go back. I should give up, I have tried but I don't see the point as I am going to die in the end and the fact that I have the money to feed my addiction just makes me think that I don't really need to give up as I am addicted and it is a lot of hard work to give up. I've tryed and I don't want to get fat as that is what happens. Does that help in answering your question?
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John Mann answered

Substance abuse addiction is typically triggered by mental disorders like depression, anxiety, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder. People will self medicate with drugs and alcohol to cope with their conditions. It can become a vicious cycle unless the addict effectively treats the mental disorder. However, sometimes a car wreck or injury can land a person in the hospital. After surgery, they'll experience extreme pain and are given pain killers. With long term use, their bodies can become addicted to the pain killers. No case of addiction is the same. That's why inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment is so crucial to full recovery. When in recovery, it's important to control your stress factors and create a new and healthy lifestyle.

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