Addiction is a phenomenon that we have as a species struggled with for as long as we can trace. There are various forms of addiction they are becoming increasingly modernised incorporating, today’s distractions.

Addiction tends to develop when an individual’s relationship with a particular substance or behaviour changes in the context of reliance. In other words when somebody uses the substance or behaviour to help with something, to cope with something, to act as an emotional support, then they tend to engage it from more of an emotional point of view and consequently they begin to establish a different dynamic. If this continues, the extension can be the establishment of an addiction. What ever contributes to this happening (usually an increased or more intensive emotional engagement and thus reliance), when it does happen the consequences for the individual and those around them can be dramatic. This is the point where the individual seems to loose apparent control, where they are now continuing to engage the behaviour or substance despite the consequences. In fact the cost for them can be so great that even thinking about it (not to mention talking about it) can be difficult. And what may help to not think about it? The addiction cycle establishes itself and the resulting destruction can (in addition to the difficulty for the individual) can be heartbreaking and very stressful to witness.

The important thing to be aware of is that there is help. Getting help for addiction can be relieving and enlightening and more importantly, changing. Help from the right professional who is experienced in the area, for the individual and/or the loved ones, provides great support and opportunity for real change. People change every day. People resolve addictions everyday, and as daunting as it may seem, and indeed as impossible as it may seem, people with the right kind of help are very successful in their approach to comprehensive change.

More common addictions include:

  • Alcohol abuse
  • Alcohol dependence
  • Drug abuse
  • Drug dependence 
    • Including both illicit (street) and licit (e.g. prescription or over the counter) drugs 

Less common addictions that are growing substantially include:

  • Gambling 
  • Sex addiction 
  • Technology addiction 
    • including gaming, internet, mobile phones, etc. 
  • Shopping addiction