Understanding Addiction to Alcohol and Other Drugs

The wider range of addictions is mostly associated with drugs and alcohol. However, there are other types of addictive traits manifested in addictive behaviors. The common addictive substances are prescription medicines, controlled substances and alcohol.An addiction of a certain type is intensely recognized by the notion that one has no choice when it comes to the substance of abuse. In all this melee of addictions, a drug addict, alcoholics and other addicts hardly have the ability in their character to halt the abuse of the substance or behavior. In this case, the behavior will continue unabated, while in the course of time it will affect friends, family and those people the addicts live around.Some questions that arise in cases of addictive behaviors is what makes an addiction, how it begins as well as when the behavioral pattern become an addictive behavior. There are people who have the ability to engage or use a substance or behaviors at certain times over a period without the behavior becoming addictive. For others the substance and behaviors become too much and they cannot stop or halt it leading to addictions. In addition, addictive tendencies are not found in a specific ethnic, educational or social group or background but cut out across the divide. The notion of a typical addict is a common misconception.There have been studied causes of distinct types of addictive behaviors over the last many years. In these studies, addiction has been seen as being a result of the emotions the addictive element or behavior causes within the dynamics of an individual. The mind and body of the individual entirely become dependent on that after-feeling after the substance intake and there is the need to maintain it, leading to serious addictions.

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