Do you find yourself dependent?


When a person gets depend on certain drug and not consuming that drug makes him/her restless, angry and irritated this is called as addiction. Inability to stop engaging in activities like gambling, eating and working is also called as addiction but that falls into behavioral addiction category. Since not consuming a particular drug is making a person restless or angry, addiction is termed as prolonged disorder with social, psychological, biological and environmental factors influencing its development and continuance. When a person suffers from addiction he or she continues use of addictive substance despite knowing its harmful effects.

As suggested by Dr. R.K Suri some of the main causes of addiction are:

  • PEER PRESSURE: During adolescence a person is easily influenced by peers and in order to create impression and to be part of social group gets involved in addiction.
  • LACK OF PARENTAL GUIDANCE: In a family where parents are too busy to keep a watch on kids activity or to talk to them child gets involved in activities leading to addiction.
  • POVERTY: Poverty is reason for many bad activities and one such activity is addiction. When a person is unable to fulfill basic needs and requirements he or she search for an alternative way to distract their feeling of frustration or anger landing into addiction.
  • TRAUMA: In case of trauma or tragedy happened in a person’s life addiction proves to be temporary relief from pain and suffering.

Symptoms of addiction:

  • Inability to manage everyday life without addictive substance.
  • Mood swings, Irritability, Change in Performance and Lying.
  • Change in eating habits, sleeping habits and invariably weight gain or weight loss.
  • Feeling sick, anxiety and depressed when trying to quit.
  • Stealing things or engaging in unpleasant activity to continue with addictive behavior.

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DSM is used as detailed guideline by professionals for any disorder diagnosis and when symptoms are diagnosed to last for more than three week it’s an alarming sign. The extent of addiction is then determined and treatment is planned accordingly.

Addiction treatment involves medication, therapy and family support but main progress in treatment in based upon therapy and individual’s family support. Duration of treatment may vary depending upon psychological and physical problems.

According to Dr. R.K Suri, best psychologist in delhi; therapy guides individual to find reasons and benefits of quitting addiction and take first step towards freedom. This re-programming of an individual is called as Motivational Empowerment Therapy likewise more such therapies and counseling techniques are used to free individual from addictive behavior. For example, a person becomes an addict because of break-up so therapy makes him feel loved by spending time with nature.

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