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Any habit or activity that takes over a person’s life and begins to affect the individual’s health and emotional state is considered an addictive behavior. A person starts developing an addiction when he or she becomes excessively preoccupied.  Studies have suggested parallels between addiction to chemicals and addiction to work, obsessive gambling, sex, running, eating disorders and shopping. These behavioral activities may increase endorphins in the brain, which make the person feel pleasure.  Professionals express their concern for people struggling with substance abuse. They say if a person persists in seeking these activities or drugs to feel euphoric, he or she may find themselves stuck in an addictive cycle. This may lead to physical addiction in the brain. These pleasure-seeking behaviors can persist in spite of the negative social and health risks associated with them.

Addiction and Behavior

Physical dependence on drugs or alcohol can also have a psychological element. For instance, a person struggling with alcohol abuse, who quits alcohol for years, may still long for a drink. This is the reason why researchers feel both physical and psychological cravings need to be analyzed. They advocate these behaviors are all related and should not be separated into single diseases, groups or problems.

Some Characteristics of Addictive Behaviors

  1. The individual becomes preoccupiedand thinks constantly about the activity or substance.
  2. They will continue the same behavior even when it leads to physical complications, poor work or study performance and broken relationships.
  3. The individual will perform the activity over and over even when they don’t feel like it. They also find it difficult to stop.
  4. When the individual stops, withdrawal symptoms such as depression, irritability, and cravings often follow.
  5. The person loses control of the behavior. They drink excessively, buy things they don’t need or eat even when they feel full.
  6. They often deny their behavior or problems associated with alcohol or drug abuse, even when others clearly see the destructive effects.
  7. The individual hides their behavior from his or her loved ones.
  8. Many people struggling with addictive behaviors may experience a blackout and can’t remember the things that happen before indulging in substance abuse.
  9. People with addictive behaviors can feel depressed. Making an appointment with the doctor can help to pinpoint the causes.
  10. Some addicts feel lonely, and may also experience anxiety because they can’t control their circumstances. Some of them may also come from abusive families.

Some people consider addictive behaviors “diseases”, but others think they are just behaviors learned or caused by genetics. Researchers argue that in contrast to most common diseases, there is not an exact method of treatment, but rather a combination of treatment approaches to deal with addictive behaviors.

If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to a substance or behavior, call New Britain Drug Rehab now 860-207-8353 and find the support you need.

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