Other Addictions

What are Other AddictionsIn today’s world, there is a shocking number of people that are addicted to something. Usually, when the word “addiction” comes up, the first thing we think about is illegal drugs or alcohol, but there are hundreds of odd addictions that cause havoc in millions of lives everyday. Some of the other addictions we don’t often recognize or acknowledge are addictions to:

  • Sex or porn
  • Food
  • Hoarding
  • Shopping
  • Plastic surgery
  • Caffeine
  • Tobacco
  • Computer/Internet
  • Gambling
  • Video games

Most of these addictions aren’t considered deadly, but when a person is overly obsessed with a behavior to a point of it having a negative impact on their nutrition, health, employment or relationships, the individual should seek professional treatment.

Common Effects of Other Addictions

One thing in common with most addictions is that there are five main signs that indicate that an addiction might be present:

1. Relationship issues

The first of the five signs of an addiction is changes in that individual’s relationships with others. They may no longer communicate with people that were once close to them or they may have chosen a group of friends that are also into the same behavior or activity. In this case, an individual may hide their friends from you for fear that you will know that they are having trouble controlling their behavior or activity. Social withdrawal or complete changes in their social group may indicate that an addition is present.

2. Problems in school

A teen that is still attending school may be failing, having behavior problems in school, or skipping school on a regular basis. Many teens that are addicted to porn or video games will skip school repeatedly and grades begin to fall. Any of these warning signs should be taken into immediate consideration to avoid you or your loved one from ruining their chances of obtaining a higher education.

3. Lack of interest in physical appearance

Most addicted individuals display a lack of interest in hygiene and physical appearance. They may show signs such as sudden weight gain or loss, dental problems or loss of teeth due to tooth decay, and sleep disturbances that give an overall tired look to the skin and eyes. The physical changes of addiction vary based on the individual and the actual addiction, but in most cases, the physical appearance is a good sign because it is the most noticeable.

4. Personality change

A long-term addict will often become depressed and suicidal when they have been confronted about their addiction. This individual may have changed slowly over time, but they will only worsen as their addiction increases. He or she may have intense mood swings, lie in bed all day or even contemplate suicide as an escape from their life. Without treatment, an addict can hurt themselves or others while in this depressed state.

5. Strange new habits

An addict will lock themselves inside of their room for days on end or they may be only coming out to make a trip to the bathroom. These individuals isolate themselves as a way to avoid facing their problems or to avoid facing family members who are asking questions.

The Concern

This question of whether they are addicted can be easily answered for some, but for others, they cannot admit or recognize that they are addicted. They may be living in denial or can’t see that they have a problem due to the fact that some long-term addictions begin to seem normal to the individual. For these individuals, an intervention by friends or family may be necessary to help them realize they need treatment.

Looking for Treatment

If you or your loved one are showing any of the five signs of an addiction mentioned above, you should contact one of our addiction treatment counselors today so that they can help you determine if there is an addiction present and what the treatment options are for the specific addiction or situation. Any addiction has the potential to damage a person physically or emotionally if left untreated. Do not minimize the dangers of other addictions by thinking that since it’s not an addiction to drugs, it shouldn’t be dangerous. Any behavior that is compulsive and takes precedence over everything in a person’s life has the potential to destroy the quality of life for the addict and for their families.

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