This is a question of value to anyone looking for good health and freedom from all manner of addictions and any addiction related elements and I want to put it to you my dear reader that are you addicted to drugs? You may be tempted to give a straight answer as anyone else will but wait a minute and get the facts to help you take your own evaluation and share your answer informatively. To start us off we need to define addiction. If you have been on this link you probably have an idea but all the same an addiction is a dependence on a substance or behavior which affects the physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing of an individual. It is therefore in order to say that addiction is a kind of behavior in which both compulsive and habit forming. Being in a state of addiction can also mean that the individual is being controlled by their desired substance to satisfy craving and prevent withdrawal symptoms. All that is important in determining addiction is purely based on the effect of the substance one uses and not the quantity or quality of the drug in question.
This may look a bit confusing because of the nature of their applications. It is easy to say that they are the same due to the fact that they are substitutable in application, therefore let us bring clarity of the two as follows: addiction will only be experienced when something you use occasionally allover sudden becomes a habit and you are finding it difficult to forego like if you prefer smoking occasionally during the night and this graduates to each night and eventually during the day as well consistently every day then we can make conclusion that you are developing an addiction. Whereas dependency occurs in the event that you are unable to cope without access to a substance or suffer from withdrawal symptoms if you do. Normally this state is experience when the addiction has been in existence for a very long period of time.
Up to this point I hope these definitions are not confusing you but all the same let me further reveal more for your understanding. For instance dependency can also be experienced with other activities other than the drugs like internet, sex, food, chocolate, gambling, shopping and many more. Nevertheless if these activities are reversed or withdrawn and victim does not experience any physical withdrawal symptoms then the individual is said to be dependence to the activity that is to say that the absence of these activities will not have any effect on the individuals health.
However, an addiction will be different as it causes both physical and psychological changes in the body and removing the source of this or going without results in withdrawal symptoms such as ‘the shakes’, nausea, insomnia, irritability and paranoia. Examples of this include cigarettes, drugs and alcohol.
Another aspect is that many people consider an ‘addiction’ to be more severe than ‘dependency’. Many people have a mental image of a ‘drug addict’ as someone who leads a sordid lifestyle, injecting themselves with drugs and generally, at rock bottom. They are often seen as a hopeless case and less worthy of help than someone with a dependency.
Just in case after the discussion above you are still uncertain of your addiction position then consider the following:
- Do you need that substance to relieve pain due to a chronic illness or injury, e.g. painkillers, prescription drugs etc. This will enable you to function as normal but without any changes in mood or behavior.
- Do you experience physical and mental cravings for that substance which you know will give you a ‘buzz?’ This substance will gratify your cravings and give you that emotion of excitement that you cannot do without.
If you answered ‘1’ then you could be said to have a dependency. But if you answered ‘2’ then you may have an addiction.
This is the very basic way of making this decision and I would recommend that you seek professional help from known expert and while considering this take a moment and look at some of the possible signs of an addiction to help you in an endeavor to seeking for help.
- Reduced or loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Dry mouth
- Nausea or vomiting
- Mood swings
- Irritability and frustration
- Lack of tolerance with one’s self and others
- Lack of concentration
- Neglecting your appearance or poor personal hygiene
These are physical and mental signs of an addiction but there are social changes also to consider such as;
- Retreating from other people
- Lack of interest in what they do
- Luck of willingness to socialize or associate with people to whom you might have considered to be undesirable before now.
- If you find that you are spending vast amounts of money on your addiction or other people consider you to have become unreliable and dishonest then this could be a pointer a problem.
- Have you had your colleagues at work station noticed a difference in you?
- Is timekeeping a problem?
- Do you find that you have trouble concentrating at work or are bad tempered or moody?
- Finally, do you feel you are losing control?
All these are powerful indicators in the social aspect. Normally the addicts may not be the one noticing these changes in their lives but would be noticed by friends and relatives and ones this is done then it is important that the victim acknowledges that they have a problem and desire to give it up. I am not promising that this will be easy but the starting point for addiction treatment is the acceptance that you are an addict, it may not matter what kind or stage of addiction you are in this acknowledgement is the most important step for commencement of treatment.
As we conclude this discussion I believe by now you can positively identify your precise addiction position and give the correct answer to our title question. If your answer is positive (you are an addict) then help is on the way at with doctor Dalal Akoury who is an expert in addiction treatment for the past decades. She is also the founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center where together with her experience team of experts administer addiction treatment while focusing on Neuroendocrine Restoration (NER) to reinstate normality through realization of the oneness of Spirit, Mind, and Body, Unifying the threesome into ONE.