Source: Momoh, Emmanuel Omeiza
So many people in the world today are battling and suffering from addictions. I have decided to term these addictions as maladies and destructive habits. I guess you are surprised? Certainly not. Trust me, addictions just like leprosy are destructive habits and if adequate care is not taken, especially at the initial stage, can have terrible effects on the individual.
From chewing candies and gums or biting fingernails to talkativeness, habits according to psychological analysis once formed, can be very difficult to break. It will be much more difficult if a person becomes addicted to it. I am pretty sure you would be wondering what the meaning of addiction is, right? Let’s define the term then.
An addiction is a way of life, habit, behaviour, or practice that damages, jeopardizes or shortens one’s life but when ceased causes trauma. You can also refer to it as an obsession or craving negatively for a thing. Many at times, when the sufferer of this malady is unable to engage in this habit, he or she becomes restless and can go any length just to satisfy his thirst and hunger to exhibit this habit or behaviour. This is to say that the person finds the behaviour pleasurable in some way and engages excessively in the behaviour as a way of coping with life. However, by the time he or she is addicted, the behaviour will be causing more problems in the person’s life than it solves. In extreme cases, separation from this behaviour or habit could prove to be a herculean task.
The word addiction is popularly conjoined with the word drug, hence the term drug addict or drug addiction. However, there are different types of addictions. Some of these include:
• Addiction to a style of dressing or fashion.
• Addicting to books, comics, movies.
• Addiction to an ideology or mental way of thinking.
• Addiction to a group of people – drug peddlers, gamblers, smokers etc.
• Sexual addiction – pornography etc.
Pretty sure you’ll wanna ask me how addictive habits are formed?
Yeah. No one can actually lay claim or verify how addictive habits are formed. One thing is pertinent which is: A thing or behaviour that is done or exhibited repeatedly and consciously will stick! Needless to say that “Bad Habits Unlike Its Good Counterpart Stick Easily, And Once Formed Can Be Difficult To Change Or Break Away From“. Addictions start with the acceptance of the particular behaviour into one’s psyche. When this has become rooted effectively into the mind, the process of growth begins.
Researchers in the field of cognitive, behavioural and social sciences have propounded that a habit formed at the age of ten becomes permanent. Recent studies have, however, disputed this claim and reduced it to the age of six, which is the assumed age of accountability (knowing good from bad).
Now, you might want to ask me again: What Are The Causes of Addictions?
Well, in my opinion, it is caused by:
• Lack of carelessness or a careless way of life or living.
• Pressure from others – friends, colleagues, associates and the likes.
• Bad Relationships.
• Absence of parents, counsellors or guardians who assist in shaping the desired behaviour at a young age.
Now, the causes of these behaviours (Addictions) are quite innumerable. I wouldn’t want to delve deeper into that so we won’t lose focus on the subject matter of this article.
I’d like to enumerate some ways to tackle this enemy.
• Admit you need help: This is the very first and most important step in killing the enemy of addiction. Admitting one is helpless would propel one to take the next action.
• Seek for help: Yes, I bet you’ll believe that there is a huge gap or difference between admitting you need help and seeking help. Seeking for help is, therefore, an extension of admitting that one does need help. Help can be sought for from different quarters such as trusted friends, confidantes, parents or guardians and a counsellor.
• Never justify the action or pass the buck or blame someone else. This is what many addicts do. You hear them say Mr A does it so there is no harm if I do, or Its, not a problem, it isn’t as bad as anyone may think.
• Endeavour to develop healthy habits and behaviours and working on the behavioural weak spots.
• Ultimately and most importantly is talking to your “CREATOR“.
You have an addiction you are battling with, I do hope you’ll find my procedures simple and easy to use. I’ll be glad to hear your views in the comments section.