Conditions

Addiction

Addiction is defined as a strong, uncontrollable need to carry out a particular activity. It is commonly linked to alcohol and drug misuse; however it is possible to have an addiction to anything.

Common addictions include:

  • Gambling - the anticipation and thrill of gambling creates a natural high that can become addictive. The internet has made gambling more accessible, allowing more and more people to do it from home.
  • Work – people can become obsessed with their work to the extent that they suffer physical exhaustion, this effecting family and social life
  • Computers – as the use of computers and technology is ever progressing, access to the internet has increased people to become addicted to spending hours each day thus neglecting other important parts of their life
  • Shopping – can become an addiction when you buy things that you do not need or want in order to achieve a feeling of satisfaction. This can cause relationship and financial problems.

With drawing from an addiction is not an easy process, but can be done when the person with the addiction has come to terms with situation they are in, and realize that they need help.

If a person suddenly withdraws from an addiction without proper preparation, this can cause both physical and psychological symptoms including:

  • Hand tremors
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Visual hallucinations
  • Seizure or fit
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia

There are many treatments that are beneficial in helping someone with an addiction, these include:

  • General Practitioner (GP) – medication can sometimes be the first step in order to help someone withdraw from an addiction this is usually in those who have a drug or alcohol addiction.
  • Psychotherapy- talking therapies can also be beneficial and are recommended treatments for those with an addiction. They use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – this helps changing the way someone thinks about a particular situation, which in turn will affect the way they act.

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