When Habits Become Addictions
12 Oct 2015
As individuals we all have our own unique nuances in life, we appreciate different things and sometimes a simple substance such as coffee or chocolate can end up resulting in an addiction.
An addiction has a psychological and physical component where the person is unable to control the addiction. A habit on the other hand is done out of choice, and a person can choose to stop if they wanted to.
Simply put, you are in control of your choices, whereas with an addiction you are not.
Addictions range from the well know drugs, alcohol, medication and extends as far as simple substances such as food.
So how do you recognise an addiction?
- the inability to limit the use of a substance or activity
- cravings and compulsions to use the substance
- Recurrent use of the drug or activity escalates to achieve the desired effect, indicating tolerance.
- attempts to stop usage produce symptoms of withdrawal – irritability, anxiety, shakes, nausea. (not applicable to all addictions)
- use of the substance or activity impairs work, social, and family responsibilities(not applicable to all addictions)
- has negative effects on health, mood, self-respect
Research has shown that addiction patients have clogging and fogginess in their front lobe of the brain. Now through cutting edge technology using neuro-feedback and making use of Brain Mapping and Brain Training it allows practitioners to stimulate and exercise those specific areas of the brain.
Cognitive therapies have proven to significantly improve and assist all in types of cognitive disorders including those that are a result of addiction.