Addiction is the grown/growing dependence on a substance or behavior which is extremely difficult to break. It is easily started and very difficult to stop even when 'only trying it once'. Addictions can be created by family pressure, doctors prescribing drugs for pain, frequent moving (houses.) And outside pressures. This means it could be many things, this can include drugs, sexual activities, shopping, gambling, eating, abuse, technology, and more. these addictions can effect family and friends, school, and work life. It can also cause society problems, robbing banks and houses for money to fuel their addiction further.
It is important that people do not become addicted to a certain thing. It could affect the people around them. and their decisions wind up with the person poor, dysfunctional, and more. simple example: A mother is an addict to alcohol. the mother has two children, both which always follow their mothers footsteps. they catch their mother drinking the substance. out of curiosity. the children sneak into their mothers room and find the same bottle. after tasting the substance. they feel the experience of their first alcohol trip, and start to sneak into the room each time their mother isn't looking to experience the feeling again. the kids connect the bottle they found to the liquids. addictions can be so easy to become "addictions" because humans look for pleasure. when they find something that offer's pleasure, nerve pulses are sent through the brain, making the person want to re-experience it. leading them to take more.
of course this is an exaggeration, but all the same it is to be cautioned that children are watched carefully.
kids are extremely sensitive to whats going on around them. many kids carry addictive substances on them because of the inability to live without them for long periods of time. they had grown so dependent to what they need that they cannot walk for long periods of time without their reliever. whether it be for sexual created feelings or drug relief they had made the decision to dive this far into their addiction. their decisions to continue things the way they were have affected their future, possibly preventing them from getting a job, or prevent them from having the money they need to sustain both their addiction or their life later on.
it is important that friends, family, and authority intervene with any addiction. as the victim of addiction loses all control of their intake and use of the addiction, it is important that they receive immediate help. a diagnostic doctor can give helpful advice as well as in some cases provide a treatment solution. in the case of a drug being injected or swallowed, could be given methadone. which is a medication that has similar reactions to heroin. making the user drowsy. this medication can be reduced until neither drug is being used anymore.
one on one counseling is also a valid way of ridding someone of an addiction. counseling sessions provide support from both the therapist/counselor as well as the family and friends supporting the victim.
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