When you hear the word “addiction,” what is the first thing that comes to mind? A source, or a result?
It may depend upon how close you are to an addiction. It may surprise you to learn how many people actually are affected when someone becomes addicted. But it also can be shocking when you recognize how near you are to your own addiction.
While numerous studies have shown that drugs and alcohol are considered the two main sources of addiction, personal loss and illness are generally cited as the most common results.
Those who have seen drug and/or alcohol addiction up close know how devastating it can be, not only to the individual, but to his/her family and friends. The addiction takes away health, possessions, relationships and often even life itself.
It may not be substance abuse, however. There are other addictions that can ruin a life.
The list includes such addictive behavior as gambling, excessive spending, criminal behavior and many other actions or desires that have the individual devoting time and attention to them well above what is considered normal, or average.
It isn’t only the obvious that can cause major problems. But there is help available for those who want it.
Our “know it: Addiction” topic page lists information and resources and a variety of addictions and where you can turn for assistance. From support groups to professionals, these are there to help.
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