Some people may not realize it when they are younger, but as they get older and put things together, they may realize that they suffer from having an addictive behavior. Certainly, that behavior can make life difficult, but the most important thing is that when a person discovers they have it, they are half way down the road to controlling it.
People who have an addictive personality can’t seem to get enough of anything they enjoy. Their addictions can be many, and they can happen in parallel or the person may bounce from one to the next.
Addictive behavior can be destructive for the sufferer. On the other hand, if the person realizes he is that way, there are ways he can learn to control it. It doesn’t have to be something that destroys his life.
People who live with this kind of problem have a variety of things that can become their targets. Some of those things are good and some are bad.
For example, a destructive person may find they have a food addiction. Normally you wouldn’t think of food as something to which a person can be addicted, but it is. The person can get a mental dependence on it. He wouldn’t have physical withdrawals from not eating, but it wouldn’t be pleasant for him.
Tobacco, alcohol, drugs and sex are all things that someone with an addictive behavior might turn to. Normally, addictions like this go hand in hand. That’s not to say that all smokers are drinkers, etc. Each addictive personality has his own list of things that turns him on.
On the other hand, a person can get addicted to positive things. Exercise is a good thing and can sometimes replace negative addictions. However, even exercise can be taken too far. It’s important to use an element of control and moderation in all things.