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Modern View Of Addiction Addiction is an age old phenomenon that has existed and has been persisting since centuries, the only difference being in its acknowledgement. People have and always will be physically and psychologically dependent on some external stimulant to provide them satisfaction, enoyment and gratification, but when the person's dependency on a certain activity or a substance becomes gratuitously obsessive then it becomes an addiction. The contentment or the happiness originally associated with that stimulant ceases to be the sole purpose of being involved with it, and gradually the pleasure giving substance or the activity becomes the life line of an individual and becomes a very crucial part of his existence and survival. Unlike old school of thoughts addiction as in contemporary sense need not be confined to just drugs, gambling, sex, and alcohol. Today addiction is measured on a much wider platform and need not be only restricted to substance related external factors. It includes all abnormal and nonstandard behavior and unusual dependency on any particular thing or activity, let it be, food, net surfing, gambling, kleptomania, drinking, workaholic behavioural disorder, pornography, excessive shopping, or for that matter even spiritual obsession. Addiction is a psychological, social, and a genetic process. Withdrawing or keeping a person away from their addiction often manifests in psychological actions like depression, anxiety and restlessness. The psychology of addiction has time and again proved that an addiction is a predominantly mind related and can only be overcome through sheer self control and determination. When looking closely at the root cause of addiction one would observe that it is always preceded by a feeling of hopelessness, defencelessness and vulnerability. Until and unless an individual himself wants to be cured of his addiction no clinical treatment is suffice. The therapy and prevention of this so called disease is primarily a psychological process and is all mind related and hence only through will of power and strength of mind one can free oneself from his obsession. The negative impact of abuse, which originates with the addict, slowly permeates into his or her family and ultimately throughout the community. Efforts to educate our communities, regarding these consequences, are critical in initiating positive change. The tangible losses associated with addiction are often readily apparent. Crime and the eventual losses of health, obs, family, friends, and money are only the manifestations of a more intangible loss, which is likely the real culprit behind abuse: loss of one's self through the consistent and insidious detachment of one's feelings through addiction. Feelings serve the useful purpose of guiding one in better understanding oneself. The avoidance of feelings (particularly through addiction) robs oneself of the valuable, directional information which feelings can afford. A "gut instinct", for example, can be viewed as a crystallization of all of one's life experiences into a single guiding feeling. Nobody can be consciously aware of every life experience, as it may relate to a presenting concern. One can, however, benefit from one's guiding feeling.


Addiction has the real potential to dull this and other types of valuable feelings, which can ultimately, further alienate the addict from him or herself and others, leading to confusion, poor direction, and despair. This cycle can continue to create a pattern which can lead to the more tangible aforementioned losses. Education (whether through the media, therapy, or the like) is key to breaking this pattern and changing ultimate despair into real hope for the future. People have and always will be physically and psychologically dependent on some external stimulant to provide them satisfaction, enoyment and gratification, but when the person's dependency on a certain activity or a substance becomes gratuitously obsessive then it becomes an addiction which usually requires this kind of Non 12-step drug rehabiliation. Today addiction is measured on a much wider platform and need not be only restricted to substance related external factors. The psychology of addiction has time and again proved that an addiction is a predominantly mind related and can only be overcome through sheer self control and determination. When looking closely at the root cause of addiction one would observe that it is always preceded by a feeling of hopelessness, defencelessness and vulnerability. The avoidance of feelings (particularly through addiction) robs oneself of the valuable, directional information which feelings can afford.

Modern View Of Addiction  

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