In today’s fast-paced world, addictions are more of a norm than an exception. Addiction is by no means is a derogatory term, all of us are addicted to something. The stigma associated with this term which means “physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance.” needs to go. Addiction results when a person consumes a drug (e.g., alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or indulges in an act(e.g., gambling, sex, shopping) which takes over one’s priorities and interferes with responsibilities such as occupation, relationships, health, and finances. People who end up addicted are usually unaware that they have very little control over their own behavior and tend to rationalize and minimize the ill effects of addictions.
It is important to recognize that addicted states are not simply a reckless search for pleasure and an expression of irresponsibility. It has very little to do with one’s “weakness” or “lack of morality”.
The questions in this “are you addicted” quiz are loosely based on the world health organization criteria used to diagnose substance (alcohol, nicotine, cannabis etc) dependence. This can, however, be applied to a range of other addictive behavior such as gaming addictions, addiction to social networks etc.
Are you addicted? Take the quiz!
If you got 3 or more yes’s. You might have an addiction. Time to cut down and seek help!
The initial drug/porn/gaming experience is almost always voluntary. As a person continues to use a certain substance or indulge in an addictive activity, his or her control over the amount and time spent becomes impaired. There is also a tendency to justify the use of drugs or to rationalize the increasing amounts of time spent. This lack of self-control and the lack of insight are a hallmark of addicted states.
Constant abuse of the reward pathway our brain leads to changes in judgment, memory, and behavior control leading to the destructive behaviors of addiction.
If you realize that you are addicted, do not shy away from seeking help. Mental health professionals are usually non-judgemental and understand your addiction much better than you do. They can definitely help you deal with your issues.
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