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What Is Addiction? What Causes Addiction?
People with an addiction do not have control over what they are doing, taking or using. Their addiction may reach a point at which it is harmful. Addictions do not only include physical things we consume, such as drugs or alcohol, but may include virtually anything, such abstract things as gambling to seemingly harmless products, such as chocolate – in other words, addiction may refer to a substance dependence (e.g. drug addiction) or behavioral addiction (e.g. gambling addiction).
In the past addiction used to refer just to psychoactive substances that cross the blood-brain barrier, temporarily altering the chemical balance of the brain; this would include alcohol, tobacco and some drugs. A considerable number of psychologists, other health care professionals and lay people now insist that psychological dependency, as may be the case with gambling, sex, internet, work, exercise, etc. should also be counted as addictions, because they can also lead to feelings of guilt, shame, hopelessness, despair, failure, rejection, anxiety and/or humiliation.
When a person is addicted to something they cannot control how they use it, and become dependent on it to cope with daily life.
Addiction and Counseling?
Addiction in the first place is a kind of action or behavior which is repeatedly done by a person. There are several manners that apply addiction. Before, the word for addiction is only reserved in terms of drugs and alcohol, but in recent years, it was used in several aspects of life. It can be divided into two categories. The first one is about drugs, alcohol, tobacco or the dependency on a substance or physiological dependence. The second one is about traits, commonly known as behavioral addiction. This kind of addiction lies in the outer part of a person or externally motivated actions such as gambling, sexual addiction and many other forms related to this matter. If one person is under any kind of addiction, it will become their reactionary action and they cannot resist that particular subject and as time goes by, it will be the object of their desire. Addiction can be harmful as it may lead to some illnesses, both physical and mental sickness and worse, it can be a cause for sudden death. With regard to mental illness, these are the possible feelings that one will encounter – hopelessness, failure in everything that he or she does, rejection from other people, anxiety, shame and guilt. Usually, the first thing that one will observe is that it all starts from a simple habit.
Habitual practices may become grounds in developing addiction, whether it is internal or external dependency on a specific object. On the other hand, one should not fear if he has a definite habit because there is a difference between habit and addiction. For you to have enough knowledge about habit and addiction, one of the many definitions and probably the most accurate among them is that addiction has a physical or psychological factor. A particular person cannot restrict those aspects regarding addiction without assistance due to the involvement of physical or mental condition. On the other side, habit is done through the choices given in that situation. This means that a person can choose to end that habit he has. Therefore, the mental and physical factors are not included. There are times that addiction can be referred as to tolerance, but how can this possibly happen? Simply because those people who are under addiction need bigger amounts and regular supply of whatever they are addicted to in order to have the same outcome. Oftentimes, they are not anymore after the rewards that it may give to them, but it is just difficult for them to withdraw from that object.
Medical professionals and psychological experts recommend some procedures and actions on how to resolve this issue. They suggest that all these problems have resourceful treatments. These are putting a person suffering from addiction in rehabilitation, properly giving constant counseling and understanding their situation. This will develop their consciousness so that they can go back to the right track of life. Counseling treatment will require you to spend ample time while you are in this process. It also involves a large amount of money. If one cannot meet these issues, there are natural ways on how to stop addiction to a particular object. Try these ways:
- Get some buddies. Those groups who can motivate you not to indulge in an atmosphere where you can be attracted to vices, but instead put you in a more open situation like being inclined in sports.
- Know your weakness and develop them to become your assets in times of craving for the thing that can harmfully affect your life. Upon knowing your weaknesses, try to distract yourself for something else like exercise. Try to have a record of the incidents that you were able to overcome those cravings for the things that you really want to do. These things can restrain you from those addictive actions and cravings.
Moreover, before giving counseling to a certain person, one should understand first what counseling really means. Counseling is simply giving guidance or advice to a person. It’s also a way of exchanging ideas and opinions in paving a plan of a particular action. Hence, counseling can be classified as a driver giving directions to people for them to be in proper road of their lives. Counseling in a wider sense has several domains and these are marriage counseling, grief counseling, mental health counseling, group counseling, teen, individual and divorce counseling. It is not only given to addicted persons, but it can also motivate one’s life whether it is related to work, relationships and even financial matters are included. Those who are suffering from psychological distress and religious aspects can also benefit from it. There are ways on how to give counseling. One should consider the cause of the problem, the age and the status of the person.
There are techniques required in giving counseling. One way to start a conversation with the persons who are asking for counseling is to let them know that you are listening to them. Being attentive to what they are saying will give them an atmosphere of being confident, thus you can also assure them that you can help them in their obstacles in life. This way, they can give their trust to you. When this happens, you can dig out even the most shameful thing that happened in their past. Asking questions should also be taken into consideration. Asking the wrong question may irritate them. As much as possible, make the conversation healthy and do not turn the conversation into an interrogation. Furthermore, counseling cannot be done in an instance. There are sessions proposed for this matter. It can last for as long as three years, so it is a procedure that must be done with enough patients. However, it will depend on the kind of problem and how it affects that specific person.
In addition to this, counseling can be helpful in the everyday life of individuals. This will tackle different problems of people and will be beneficial for those struggling in various areas of life. Watch the video below and learn.
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