Over time, the brain adapts in a way that actually makes the
activity less enjoyable. Addictions do not only include bodily things we
consume, such as drugs or alcohol, but may include virtually anything. The main addictions tend to be alcohol and
heroin, and psychological dependence to activities such as gambling, sex, work,
running, shopping, or an eating disorder.
Signs of drug addiction include changes in personality and behaviour
like a lack of enthusiasm, touchiness, bloodshot eyes and frequent bloody
noses, or slurred speech. Addiction is well-defined
as a chronic relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug
seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is measured a brain disease because
drugs change the brain they change its structure and how it works. Though everyone’s path to addiction is
different whether he or she tries a drug or behaviour because it’s what that
person’s parents or peer do, or just out of curiosity what’s common across all
substance and behavioural addictions is their stunning ability to increase
levels of an important chemical in the brain called dopamine. If you have a blood relative, such as a
parent or sibling, with alcohol or drug problems, you’re at greater risk of emerging
into a drug addict. Men are more likely
to have problems with drugs than women are. However, progression of addictive illnesses
is known to be faster in females. Drug
use is on the rise in the USA and 23.5 million Americans are addicted to
alcohol and drugs. That’s approximately one in every 10 Americans over the age
of 12 roughly equal to the entire population of Texas. But only 11 per cent of
those with an addiction receive conduct.
Institute on Drug Abuse states that between 40 and 60 per cent of recuperating
drug addicts will eventually relapse. With heroin, those rates are even higher.
Some experts place the rate of relapse for heroin addicts as high as 80 present,
which means that the recovery rate may be as low as 20 per cent. Most people overcome addiction to alcohol or
drugs on their own, without joining a support group or entering treatment.
Alcoholism and other habits are not diseases. There are specific tools anyone
can use to help themselves to overcome any addiction with or without
professional assistance. The old belief
that it took 21 days to change a habit has now been labelled a myth. According to psychologists, while it may take
approximately 21 days of mindful and consistent effort to create a new habit,
it takes far longer to break an existing habit.
In conclusion to this I think that depending on what you do and your
daily routine you can become addicted to anything, Some people face completely different
addictions to others but the most common one seems to be drug addictions. Personally I believe if you get the right
help you can come over addictions and everyone will overcome them in different
ways especially depending on what the addiction is