Addiction is not being able to stop doing or using something to an extent that it can harm your physical and mental wellbeing. It is a neuropsychological condition that prompts you to engage in dangerous behavior which might feel compulsive. The tendency to become an addict is genetically predisposed and is triggered by environmental factors.
The most common and devastating addiction are addiction to drugs, alcohol, smoking, or gambling. However, it is possible to get addicted to nearly anything including mobile phones (internet content), work, shopping, glue or petrol, etc.
Why Do People Get Addicted?
Using drugs or engaging in gambling or gaining success definitely give you a boost of dopamine, the feel-good hormone. Naturally, people want to experience this ‘high’ again and again. However, neurotypical people also understand that they cannot afford to stay ‘high’ constantly; they can usually do it in balance. However, people who have tendencies of addiction, find it extremely difficult to detach from the ‘high’. They keep doing it over and over again and eventually bring havoc to their health and life.
This kind of behavior can be triggered in because of stressful or traumatic situations like unemployment, poverty, chronic pain, witnessing a traumatic incident, sexual abuse, etc. An addictive behavior starts off as a temporary relief but takes over your life before you can acknowledge it. Oftentimes, while self-treating addiction, people fall out of one such practice only to fall into another addiction. For example, a recovering alcoholic can become a chain smoker to maintain their ‘high’.
Treatment Of Addiction At Serene Mind Clinic
At Serene Mind Clinic, our experienced psychiatrists believe that it takes a committed mind and supporting family and friends to treat addiction. It is addressed with individual, group, and family therapy. Plus, you will also need to see other specialists to treat any other physical conditions you might be experiencing from prolonged exposure to harmful substances.