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Addiction is a disease that causes a person to rely on substances or unhealthy behavior to gain a mental, emotional, or physiological state. Though it was once believed that only chemicals such as drugs could cause addiction, we now know that many things including gambling, pornography, and shopping can become addictive. Addiction causes damage to one’s self and one’s relationships. It is common for these individuals to continue in the addiction despite the significant negative consequences it causes.
There are many paths that lead to addiction; one person may have a genetic disposition to addiction, another person may have lost control of a childhood curiosity, others still may have had a traumatic experience that triggered the addiction as a coping mechanism. There is no one-way addiction begins.
published a summary of a Harvard medical publication entitled, “ ” The post lists three questions anyone can ask themselves to better understand if they may have an addiction. The questions are found below and answering “Yes” to any of these means one may have an addiction and could benefit from meeting with a counselor.
*If you answered yes to any of these questions we invite you to set up a free 15-minute consultation where we will, confidentially, help you discover if you have an addiction and how we can help.
The first step to overcoming addiction is admitting that there is an addiction. The next is an understanding that addiction is not a road that needs to be traveled alone. Similar to a person with a heart problem greatly benefits from seeing a cardiologist, a person with an addiction can greatly benefit from seeing a trained professional. Addiction requires life changes and new perspectives that can often be hard to grasp without trained help. With perseverance and guidance addictions can be overcome.