Addiction should not be confused with habit. Habit is something that we do normally and may not have negative consequences but addiction is dependency on something to cope with our daily lives. With time, addiction leads to negative consequences and starts hindering our daily activities. Habits can be kicked off whereas addiction is difficult to get rid of. Addicts are normally sent to rehabilitation centers of health care for treatments.
There are different types of addictions: alcohol, drug abuse, food, shopping, internet, video game, television, nicotine, work, gambling etc. Too much of anything is addiction and lack of control is what causes addiction. An addict has no control over himself that is why; it becomes difficult for an addict to quit. Addicts require help and are sent to rehabilitation centers for treatment but there is no guarantee of an addict not straying back to his old ways.
Too much abuse can corrode an addict’s mental as well as physical state. An addicted person becomes withdrawn, irritable, stops socializing, starts craving for more and more. In many cases, he has to steal in order to satisfy his cravings, he gets very violent and hysterical if he does not get what he wants. Physically, he has no control over his actions, too much of substance abuse can damage a person’s internal as well as external organs and make him crippled. In most cases, the person dies if not treated on time or if his body has been abused by excessive addiction.
It is important for all individuals to maintain a disciplined life and not to get swayed by addictions. Practice self-control and do not get tempted to try out illegal stuffs. There are lot of self-awareness programs and health reform programs conducted by several NGO’s. If you see a person, developing an affinity towards anything that is harmful, stop and help the person.