Addiction is a general term that can be related to almost anything that people do in an excessive manner. The first and foremost example is related to drug use. Drug is a medicine or substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or introduced into the body. When hearing this term, some people tend to react, assume and associate this term with addiction first. Drug addiction should be the correct term because this means excessive use of a medicine when the body does not need it. This is one of the most common types of addiction that all of us are aware with. But there are also addictions that we are not familiar with, and still think that it is a normal behavior for everyone.
But first, how do we identify addiction? It is important to notice the signs and symptoms of an addiction in order to cure the person. Here is the list that will help us to identify addiction with the substance or practice:
- There is this strong urges or cravings;
- The person has built great tolerance to it;
- Unable to stop using the substance or practice;
- Being preoccupied with it;
- Physical and/or psychological deterioration of the person in relation to the substance or practice;
- Failure to do the person’s obligation towards family, job or other personal interest.
Addiction is not limited to the excess use of drugs, alcohol, gambling and smoking. These addictions are the most common types. But there are other types of addiction that some people are not aware because they still think it is a part of everyday life. Addiction can be listed into as: substance-related; behavioral; and impulse control disorder. The most common list is the substance-related addiction, which includes: drugs, smoking and alcohol. For the behavioral addiction it includes: gambling, food, sex, video games, internet, shopping, work, exercise. Most of these are part of our everyday living, but if we do it excessively then it becomes an addiction. For the impulse control disorder addiction, it includes: kleptomania, pyromania and obsessive compulsive disorder.