Am I Addicted?
3rd September, 20130 Comments
It's Monday morning and you plan to start on a new food plan, and/or to drink less alcohol during the week ahead, cutting down on sugar and perhaps even carbohydrates. You start out by having a healthy breakfast and feel full of resolve and determination - but by lunchtime you are feeling stressed, so you grab a bar of chocolate with your lunch and a couple of extra food items. After a stressful day at work and/or feeling frustrated and irritated by colleagues, your boss or clients, you end up being persuaded to go out for just 'one' glass of wine.
Before you know it, you have polished off 3 glasses of wine and have your hand in the olives and then the nuts, as your blood sugar is low so you start craving something starchy, salty or sugary. Someone suggests that you all go to the new pizzeria around the corner and you think 'life's so short, what the hell - why not have fun as I can always start tomorrow?'. But the problem is that tomorrow never comes as once you start you can't stop.
You see, although sometimes you can control your food intake and your drink intake for certain periods of time, if you generally have the 'all or nothing' mentality there is a very high chance you have an addiction.
In the dictionary addiction is defined as the state of being enslaved to a habit or practise or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming.
Having knowledge around the addictive process and warning signs will help you learn the difference between addictive behaviour, problematic behaviour, and healthy behaviour.
Compulsive behaviour such as overeating, exercising, shopping, computers and tv are emerging as addictions and many are depending on them as much as drugs, prescription drugs, alcohol, gambling and sex. It seems hard to grasp that people can become so addicted to things as normal as watching tv, eating, going shopping, using a computer and taking exercise.
You may not have all the symptoms of addiction, but you could still be addicted. It really doesn't matter whether it is alcohol, shopping, gambling, drugs, sex - if is causing you problems and you want to stop but find it a struggle, it is an addiction.
Addiction can grab anyone; it doesn't matter what race, age, gender you are. It is greedy; it wants everything - your money, your self respect, your dignity, your self esteem...it wants to steal everything from you.
If you feel defensive if anyone flags up your weight or alcohol consumption or spending habits or infidelity, then that's a sign you know deep within that you have an issue.
Do you ever lie about what you have spent or the amount you have drunk or the amount you have eaten? This is another sign that you know deep down you are not behaving in a rational, sane manner. Anyone inflicting guilt and shame on themselves repeatedly needs to take a hard look at themselves.
Do you isolate or ever go missing in action? Becoming unreliable can be a trademark of an addict. As addiction takes hold it tends to make you lose interest in social activities and sport and family interests that used to be fulfilling to you. Paranoia and panic attacks are a common side effect of drug use, alcoholics and anyone who is dependent on prescription drugs. Alcoholics and other addicts are widely known for blaming everyone else and inducing guilt onto others and never taking responsibility for themselves.
Addiction means recurrent failure to resist impulses, wanting immediate gratification, and resorting to anxiety and restlessness if unable to engage in what you want when you want.
If you think you - or someone you know - might have an addiction, contacting a professional hypnotherapist for help can be a great starting point.
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