Addictions affect the family and loved ones as well as the community in general and often leads to dysfunction, strained relationships, unemployment and even worse. According to numerous studies, well over 20 million people right here in the United States are addicted to or dependent on alcohol or a wide range of drugs. However, there are also millions of more Americans who are addicted to things and activities that are outside the scope of drugs and alcohol. It is technically true that you can be addicted to just about anything and you can engage in these things in an addictive manner.
When the general population thinks about an addict, they will often associate them with a derelict existing on the margins of society. The reality is that addictions can happen to anybody at any given time, regardless of age, socioeconomic status or background. An addictive behavior can develop in anybody who uses it to distract from feelings of deep discomfort, trauma or pain. These addictive actions, whether it is positive or negative, release endorphins that allow the feeling of pleasure. The release of this chemical reinforces the behaviors that help them feel good. So a person might exercise constantly because it makes them feel good, but the underlining problems are left unresolved. These people will engage in whatever activity they find pleasing and it will continue to grow and get worse over time. As a result, damage will begin to occur.
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