addiction isn't all the same...
Sep 29, 2022
I have talked on this a little in the past, and it will be an on going theme throughout this blog....
Most of today's society has an addiction to something. This isn't always obvious, and a lot of the time, they are things that society deems as "OKAY" in most situations. Generally speaking, these are fair assessments... however too much of a good thing can also be bad. A few examples of these things might be Food addiction, sex addiction, exercise addiction, body modification addiction... I can keep going but you get the idea. It's not always Nicotine, Alcohol and other illegal substances. It is not always gambling. There are other cases in which we get addicted to self-sabotage... but that is another blog in and of it's self for another time.
So, let's break down types of addiction. Generally speaking, there are 4 types.
So, then, How do I know if I am actually addicted?
Signs can be, but are not limited to:
- Lack of control to not indulge
- Inability to stay away from behaviors, despite KNOWING the "high" is temporary and can lead to further issues and feelings of guilt.
- Decreased joy in being involved in social situations that you once loved.
- No concern for anyone or anything around that might be in the way of the Maladaptive behaviors. (What are Maladaptive thoughts and behaviors?Maladaptive behaviors are actions that prevent people from adapting, adjusting, or participating in different aspects of life. Such actions are intended to help relieve or avoid stress, but they are often disruptive and may contribute to increased distress, discomfort, and anxiety over time.)Quick Note: I use the terms Maladaptive behavior and addiction interchangeably. --Ultimately, they are meant to be the same.At any rate, I truly believe we all have something we struggle with to this end. Can you identify yours? How does it effect you? Just some food for thought today....Much Love.Chuck and the Neuro Harmony TeamJourney on my friends.