What is an addiction?

Defining the term boundaries

First, let’s define addiction

The key to determining whether or not something is an addiction is to ask yourself if it is out of balance with other parts of your life.  If you are devoting time and energy to substances, people, places or activities and other parts of your life are negatively affected, this may indicate a problem.

Many rewarding substances and activities have the possibility to be an addiction. If you are worried about yourself or a loved one, Resolute Recovery can help.  Start the conversation with us today.  We can customize a plan and see you and your family through the barriers on the road to recovery.  

Substance addictions

When people think of addictions, substance abuse is the first type that comes to mind.  This type of addiction consists of ingesting a mind and mood altering substance usually as a way to escape or cope with pain, depression, anxiety or other overwhelming feelings.  Below are a list of some substances that are commonly abused:

  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine/Crack cocaine
  • Club Drugs – Ecstasy, GHB, DXM
  • Crystal Methamphetamine (“Meth”)
  • Food – Restricting, Purging, or Bingeing
  • Hallucinogens (LSD, Mushrooms, etc.)
  • Heroin and Methadone
  • Inhalants/Poppers
  • Marijuana and K2
  • Prescription pills (Xanax, Valium, Oxycontin, Vicodin and the like)
  • Steroids

Relationship addictions

Believe it or not, we can become addicted to relationships.  Sometimes we see it in the form of ‘chaotic’ or abusive relationships.  Other times, it shows up as losing ourselves in love addiction, codependency or an inability to let go when it’s time.  Relationships take many forms and are constantly changing.  Remember that we start to call something an addiction when it is out of balance and the same holds for relationships.  You may have periods of time when your relationships appear to be ‘codependent’ without having an addiction to people.  Below are some examples of relationship addictions:

  • Anger and rage
  • Codependency
  • Love Addiction
  • Co-Addicted Partners of Sex Addicts
  • Violent Relationships

Process addictions

We call this type of addiction a process because of what the person must do in order to engage in the activity.  With substances, there is a process of obtaining and using the drug and this may or may not be the focus.  However, with process addictions, the focus is on the process of carrying out the activity as the addiction.  Below are some examples:

  • Exercise
  • Gambling
  • Internet and Online Games
  • Sex
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Work

Treatment options

Many times, an individual may suffer from more than one addiction at one time.  Sometimes, when one addiction goes into remission, another one heats up.  Every person’s recovery is different.  With treatment and support, you can find what gives meaning and purpose to your life. 

Resolute Recovery is committed bringing sustained recovery and balance to everyone impacted by addiction.  We create customized plans for individuals and families and manage the step by step process of change.  We’re  bridging the gaps in addiction treatment care to ensure sustained sobriety.  Contact us today to access our curate network of providers, facilities, and resources to develop the plan to improve your life.

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