Understanding Addiction

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What is Addiction?

Addiction is an uncontrollable urge to consume dangerous substances or participate in harmful behaviours. It is a complex condition that causes changes in a person's brain functioning, preventing them from leading healthy, productive lives.

What are the Types of Addiction?

Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction is characterised by physical and mental dependence on alcohol. A survey found that approximately 1 in 5 alcohol users in India suffer from alcohol dependence and are in need of urgent care.

Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is characterised by the physical and mental dependence on narcotics or substances, including cocaine, heroin, marijuana or even prescription drugs. Studies show that over 3 million people suffer from drug addiction in India.

Behavioural Addiction

Behavioural addiction is when a person engages in a harmful behaviour repeatedly, despite negative consequences. Common behaviour addictions can include gambling, porn, internet and even gaming addiction.

What Causes Addiction?

Environmental Factors

A toxic family environment, strong influence from your peers or work pressure can increase the risk of addiction. Studies also found that easy accessibility to harmful substances can cause addiction.

Biological Factors

Studies show that genetics play a critical role in the development of addiction. The disorder can also be caused due to chemical imbalances in the brain or the way in which the body responds to stress.

Psychological Factors

Exposure to any kind of trauma or abuse can increase the risk of relying on harmful substances to cope. Studies also show that conditions, such as depression, anxiety or stress can lead to addiction.

The Impact of Addiction

Addiction and your body

Common physical symptoms of addiction can include changes in sleep patterns, lack of personal hygiene or care about your physical appearance, along with feelings of fatigue or extreme tiredness.

Addiction and your body

Addiction and the brain

Addiction is accompanied by self-critical thoughts that can lead to low self-esteem. This condition can also cause memory problems, disrupt your ability to focus and make well-informed decisions.

Addiction and the brain

Addiction and emotions

Addiction can adversely affect your emotional state. This condition can cause you to feel sad, anxious, hopeless, irritable, angry, lonely and even guilty for giving into your urges.

Addiction and emotions

Addiction and behaviour

Addiction can cause a change in your behaviour. You may lie or cheat to hide your addiction and participate in illicit activities to support your addiction. Your performance at work or school may start to fall.

Addiction and behaviour

Addiction and socialising

Addiction can damage your relationships. You might withdraw from socialising and feel a sense of isolation. You might also lose interest in activities that were once enjoyable to you.

Addiction and socialising

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