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Inside the disease of Addiction.

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Addiction goes far beyond drugs and alcohol. People can develop addictions to substances, behaviors or activities. A combination of many factors including genetics, environment and behavior can determine a person’s addiction risk, making it an incredibly complicated physical and psychological disease.

Addiction consists of these symptoms; Obsession, compulsion, loss of control, and continued use in the face of negative consequences. These behaviors or activities may be normal, everyday occurrences such as eating or even internet surfing.

Addiction is always changing to keep up with our rapidly evolving world. People may become physically and/or psychologically dependent on these activities:

  • Alcoholalex_grey_mind1
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine
  • Marijuana
  • Shopping
  • Exercise
  • Overeating
  • Undereating
  • Work
  • Sex
  • Internet surfing 😉

The 12-step program, which was originally devised for overcoming alcoholism, has now been transformed into well over 200 different addiction support groups.

Overcoming these types of addiction can be complicated and harder than you could have ever expected. There are many different support groups available in your area and can be easily found at Recovery Connection.

This website focuses more on helping you find group support. Many argue that group support is a good first step is helping you realize that you have a problem. The website aims to connect you to every possible group support out there ranging from Overeaters Anonymous to Codependents Anonymous. Search within your state for a support group meeting near you and get started on your own path to Recovery.

Overcoming addiction is not easy, after all we are only human, right? With so many diiferent forms of support available to you today, finding the support you need can be that much easier.


Written by Daniel

June 18, 2008 at 7:17 pm