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What are Addictions

According to the Medical Encyclopedia, an addiction is a dependence on a behavior or substance that a person is powerless to stop…’Addiction’ include mood-altering behaviors or activities. Some researchers speak of two types of addictions: substance addictions , such as alcoholism or the inability to quit smoking  and process addictions such as uncontrolled gambling or uncontrollable consumer spending.

The emphasis on an addiction is that the person is out of control about the process and/or substance (for instance, some researchers consider smoking to be both a process and a substance addiction). Our society often interchanges the words “addiction” and “obsession”, but this is often misleading. An obsession is not, necessarily, a bad or harmful thing; it might very well indicate intense creativity or insight and be very constructive. Furthermore, loving someone or something or exemplifying great passion should never be confused with an addiction.

In the absence of the addicting process or substance, the addict soon becomes incapable of “normal” behavior or human interaction. This article will help you to understand the difference between addictions and habits, and types of addictions and their causes. There is also a brave confession from an addict.

The addictions list

Many of us don’t even know that we have an addiction, because “addictions” are usually relegated to just a few stereotyped ones: drugs, alcohol, nicotine and gambling. But addictions can had about a wide array of different things.


Addictions of Thought

  • Obsessive-Compulsive thinking
  • Perfectionism
  • Rigid thinking
  • Worrying
  • Repetition
  • Fantasy


  • Buying/expending
  • Gambling
  • Crime
  • Hobbies
  • Exercise
  • Work


  • Alcohol-Drugs
  • Nicotine
  • Caffeine
  • Food

People Addictions

  • Relationships
  • Love
  • Sex
  • Codependency
  • Groups
  • Power
  • Violence

How to tell if you are an addict

  • You spend most of your time thinking about a certain substance, activity, inducing a certain feeling in yourself, or a person .
  • You find that you consistently manipulate events around the substance, activity, feeling, or person in question.
  • You know that the substance, activity, feeling that you crave, etc, is causing you problems but you continue doing it or trying to get it.
  • You “spare no expense” to do or acquire the thing(s) in question.
  • If you cannot have or do the thing(s) in question, you soon “go crazy”

Some causes of addictions

  • Genetics.
  • Environment.
  • Abuse. .
  • Emotional Disorders.

Overcoming addictions

  • Recognize that there is a problem. Become aware of your addiction. Accept the fact that you are an addict without condemning yourself.
  • Learn more by reading about addictions and addicts. Work on your feelings of shame or guilt using any releasing technique like: EFT, hypnosis downloads : dealing with guilt and
    anger management, etc. Take an Anger Class Online. You can use Self-hypnosis techniques to overcome different types of addictions, too.
  • Forgive yourself. This is the first step in curing an addiction. Let go of self-blame and learn how to forgive yourself.
  • Live in the present moment and find supportive people. Let go of harmful persons from your past.
  • If you need to, get professional help.
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