Addiction and behaviorAddiction and behavior are two of the traits that usuallygoes hand to hand.This means that when one of the traits happens, it isdisplayed by the other.
First of all, it is very crucial for us to understandthe meaning of the two words in order us to be able to find out how they arecorrelated.Addiction simply can be defined as the situation where one is notable to stop or withdraw him or herself from a certain habit whose continuationinterferes with his or normal human activities.Such habits which lead toaddiction include the use of drugs such as alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, heroineamong others, playing games such as gambling, sex, work, eating among otheractivities which can become addictive.Although many people consider thataddiction is caused by engaging in non-constructive or negative activities,people can be addicted to constructive and beneficial activities such asworking, going for shopping, swimming, singing among other leisure activities.
On the other hand, behavior refers to how one conducts himor her in response to the surrounding environment .it should be noted thatthere are certain behaviors which are addictive hence behavior also a majortype of addiction. Addictive behaviors are believed to make a person feelcomfortable.Substances such drugs make the users forget their problems and feelhigh.It makes such people hallucinate, a condition where a person imagines orvisions things which are beyond his or her reach.Such people feel that it isdifficult to stop their addictive behaviors although some of these behaviorsare harmful to their health or personal life.Addicted people usually tend torepeat their addictive behaviors yet they usually get negative results fromthis addictive behaviors.
As we said earlier, not only people do get addictionon unwanted situations but also on beneficiary activities hence one may benefitfrom some of these activities. However, although these activities arebeneficial they might have some side effects. For people addicted to shoppingmay find themselves wasting a lot of cash at the same time spending too muchmoney which can be used for other important business apart from shopping. Thereare several types of addiction which include food addiction, sex addiction,upload addiction, pornography, a playing of video games, gambling such asgambling in casino games, shopping, use of social media, shopping, behavioraladdiction among others.Out of the listed major types of addiction, this paperwill discuss in detail about food addiction, sex addiction, and opioidaddiction.Food AddictionFood addiction is a type of addiction that is associatedwith the excessive eating of foods which are rich in sugar, fat, and salt.Thesefoods which have got the high content of sugar, fat, and salt are known aspalatable foods.
Such kind of foods usually stimulates a chemical in the braincalled dopamine which makes one feel good and increases the anxiety of eatingand hence one develops the need to eat something.People who are addicted tofood addiction usually tend to eat more although they are not hungry.Byovereating, a person can a develop a condition called compulsive overeating.This means that being addicted to certain foods becomes a behavior that he orshe cannot stop and incites a feeling of intense pleasure whenever eating thefood addicted to. According to researchers, food addiction is not based onpeople who are suffering from obesity but also to people who have got normalbody weight. Furthermore, scientists claim that people who are addicted tocertain foods usually continue with the behavior although they are aware of theside effects of their conditions.There are various symptoms which can help totell if someone is a victim of food addiction.
Such symptoms include;? People who are food addicts usually find themselves eating morethan the quantity they had planned to eat.? Food addicts usually eat although they are not hungry.? They usually find themselves guilty of their actions but keeps onrepeating their behavior hence it becomes had to stop despite theconsequences associated with food addiction.
? They usually fear to bind themselves from eating food which portraystheir food addiction attributes traits.? Most of these addicts hide their excessive eating behavior from othersto avoid the shame and embarrassment they can encounter from otherpeople in the society. One can buy a meal that he or she addicted to and eatalone in hiding place where other people cannot recognize whatever he or she isdoing.
? Food addicts usually experience neither a certain pleasure norwhenever eating although they are not hungry or their stomach is full. It should be noted that, just like drug addiction, foodaddiction is a condition which can be managed and cured for victimsaffected.Researchers claim that food addiction rehabilitation can be morecomplicated than other types of addictive behavior. However, there are severalsimple ways one can try to eliminate the challenge of food addiction.
Thesesteps include;? One can participate in group sessions of people who once in theirlife they were food addicts and are still in the processing of rehabilitation.? Participating in drug therapy.This involves taking medicines that mayhelp to reduce food addiction by controlling the brain through balancing of hormonesthat makes one feel more anxious when he or she encounters foods which addictedto.
Sex addictionSex addiction is a type of addiction that is characterizedby an individual spending most of his thinking about sex or displayingbehaviors that leads to sexual effect.Usually, sex addicts are unable tocontrol their situations.An individual who is a sex addict usually displayssome common behaviors such as watching of pornography, engaging inmasturbation, computer sex among others .unlike other types of addiction whichare based on substance abuse, sex addiction is an act which becomes difficultto stop whenever one is in into it. it is a serious problem which if notaddressed and properly dealt with can lead one to become a sex offender throughcommitting of offenses or illegal activities such as rape, exhibitionism, andvoyeurism.Exhibitionism is a condition where one is sexually aroused when otherpeople view his sexual acts while voyeurism is a condition where one issexually aroused through watching sexual behaviors of other people.
Othersusually end engaging in sexual intercourse with animals, an act called ‘bestiality’. From the above informationtypes of sex addiction include voyeurism, exhibitionism, masturbation,prostitution, watching of pornography video to sexually arouse him orherself.The cause of sexual addictions has not been clearly found although theaddiction is beloved to be brought about by some psychological and socialissues.Theses psychological or social factors are believed to stimulate theintensity of sex addiction but being considered as the majorcauses.Nevertheless, people who are suffering from sexual addiction usuallydisplay signs and symptoms based on the type of sexual addiction of which theyare victims.Examples of symptoms which may help to detect whether a person is asex addict include;? Engaging in masturbation regularly fulfill one’s sexual desires.? Consistent watching of pornographic videos or pictures to satisfy sexualneeds.? Acts of having several sexual partners so that whenever one is inneed of sex he or she cannot strain.
? The hiring of prostitutes to use them in satisfying one’s sexual desire.? Voyeurism.? Exhibitionism.? Sexual addicts are unable to control their sexual desires or behaviors.Sex addiction is a serious problem which if not addressedcan bring negative impacts and complications to the life of the affectedindividual.It is a difficult type of addiction to curb and sex addicts usuallytry many times to stop without success .such complications include thedevelopment of conflicts with family members or close friends, being exposed tothe risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, feelings of embarrassmentin front of others and depressions.When it comes to treatment of sex addiction,different research has their findings on whether there is a treatment for thistype of addiction.
However, based on several studies and findings sex addictioncan be curbed in the following ways ;? A person who is who is a sex addict can participate in sex therapygroups.This helps usually such people to feel that they are not isolatedbecause of their condition.Through this group one is able to understand then heor she is not the only one with the problem but there are other peoplewith the same challenge who are in such of treatment hence this encourages himor her.? One can visit health specialists such as psychologist in order toguidance and counseling on how to deal with their major weakness thatcontributes to sexual addiction. This involves ways in which to deal with yourthoughts or sexual behaviors.? Use of medicines prescribed by qualified health specialist to reduce theurge to have sex.Upload addictionThis is a type of addiction that is also very common amongthe adults yet it has been recognized by many people.
It can lead to bothcombined social, health and comics challenges.Uploads are a type of drugs whichhelps the nervous system to reduce body pain producing feelings ofpleasure.Opioids are meant to be used for treatment through proper prescriptionby a medical practitioner. Because of the feeling of pleasure, they createpeople tend to overuse them hence end up abusing the drugs.Therefore opioidaddiction is said to be a type of addiction that involves continuous andexcessive of opioid drugs by a person despite the fact that they are notmedically prescribed for him or her by a health physician.
Example of opioiddrugs is codeine, heroin, methadone, oxycodone, and Percocet.The addiction iscaused by continuous use the opioids drugs in order to avoid symptom ofwithdrawal.Overdosing of opioid drugs can lead to dependency, a conditionwhereby if a person stops using the drug he or she may start experiencing somesymptoms of withdrawal from the use of drugs.The withdrawal symptoms includediarrhea, sweating, fatigue, vomiting, chills and shaking.People who abuseupload usually syringes to inject the drug into their body themselves orthrough smoking.Most people intend to feel high faster by using these drugs.Thepleasure experienced by using this drug is usually strong.People who areaddicted to opioid faces the risk of overdose which leads slow breathing andmight even stop the breathing leading to death.
There are several symptoms which displays that a person is avictim of opioid addiction.These symptoms include;? Having the desire to take the excess of the drug while with the aim ofgetting the same result. This is a major step towards recognizing if youare addicted to opioids.? Breathing at a slower rate.? Prioritising the use of the drug besides other important issues thusbecoming an irresponsible person. ? Persistent use of opioid drugs despite knowing the side of effects of thecondition.
? Vomiting.? Inability to stop continuous use the drugs despite various attempts tostop the behavior.Treatment for opioid addiction involves the use of detoxmethod which is aimed in assisting the addicted person to stop using the drugat the same time preventing him or her from attempting to take the drug laterin future life. A health physician can prescribe some medication which canassist one to reduce the withdrawal symptoms as well as regulating the cravingsthat might develop because of stopping the use of the drug. Examples ofmedicines which are used to reduce withdrawal symptoms and regulating cravingsfor opioid drugs are methadone and naltrexone.One can also participate inguidance and counseling to get the motivation to generally withdraw from theaddictive condition.Participating also in group therapy helps one not feelisolated because of the addiction.
Through this group, one has an opportunity tomeet with the same condition he or she is in hence they can motivate each other. In conclusion, based on the discussed types of addictivebehaviors, addiction to any substance or habit tends to interfere with thenormal lives of individuals affected.Most of these addictive behaviors are hardto stop despite the various attempts that the victims try to rescuethemselves.
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