Substance Abuse Counseling Blog on the Nature of Addiction

The science of addiction looks at how one goes from non use to habit to addiction.   Addiction can be in many forms to multiple things from drugs and substances to even actions and various activities.   It is important to never let one thing dominate one’s life and to always remain balanced and moderate in all actions.

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The article, “Why do we become addicted to things? Recognizing the top 10 most common addictions” by Dawn Jorgenson looks at the tops types of addiction and the addiction process.  She states,

“As many people can probably guess, most of us aren’t born with an addiction, so how do people become addicted to something, anyway?  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says it happens gradually, but it always begins with experimentation. Experts say that when broken down, addiction is a mental disorder — a compulsive engagement with something that makes a person feel rewarded or happy, despite the fact that the experience can bring unfavorable consequences.”

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