Just liking something a lot does not classify as being addicted. In reality, the signs of addiction are less obvious and can sneak up on any person no matter their demographics.
It is common for psychological topics to be centered around signs of addiction such as alcohol and drug abuse. If a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol there are many resources to assist in overcoming the challenge. Behavioral addictions may not have as much support nor be as obvious to spot. The lines become less clear. With no chemical dependency, it could be a challenge to see, but there are conditions that determine the severity.
There is a way to differentiate between simply having a good time and being addicted to something. What is the line between this and simply enjoying an activity? These behaviors of overindulging could be anything from logging on to social media, eating in a healthy manner, eating junk food, watching Netflix, or playing video games. These examples of activities have a line that crosses into some negative territory.
You Continue to Do It
The addicted brain justifies and ignores problems. The problems are what get in the way and allow the person to continue to wallow in the problem. You can see clear issues elsewhere, but you continue to do it anyway. The brain is not allowing the issue to be blocked. Your priority equals what is important.
Pass Up on Social Situations
You may find that you are not as interested in pastimes and activities that you once enjoyed. What happened to your new hobby or the fact that you enjoyed taking walks in a leisurely manner? You have given them up because they do not include what your addiction is. The priorities have shifted. For example, passing on a night with your friends is not as appealing as playing video games. Food and hygiene may also be placed as secondary on the list.
Having withdrawals is normally associated outwardly with substance abuse. Going off of a substance abruptly causes the body to recenter. Getting off of cocaine causes ten days of depression. Getting off of alcohol causes tremors which can last for up to a month. Withdrawals are unpleasant. With non-substances, the feeling will be emotional. The downs of this emotional disruptions may call you to take up the activity again.
Trying to Keep A Secret
You become secretive about your activities and keep your space closed off. As an addict, you may sense that you using something is a shameful act. The excessive act makes you want to keep whatever you are doing private and keep it from the judgment of others.
The newfound tolerance is not the ability to take on something that is large. This tolerance is your body becoming accustomed to the behavior and the reaction that it creates. The body becomes accustomed to it and requires more and more of the addictive behavior in order to maintain the “high”. The “high” when the person started must be sought. It is difficult to keep track of just how much is required in order to create and maintain the same “high”.
You Can’t Stop Yourself
There is an interference with your impulse control. You seem uncontrollable and the addiction is leading and running the show. Unfortunately, the addiction negates any self-control you may have.
You Block Others’ Concerns
Excuses tend to add up and are one of the key points of an addict. Friends and family may try to intervene and an addict will deny that the situation is as serious as they make it out to be. It is common for addicted individuals to make excuses. The individual may or may not know that they are addicted, but they will resist with a list of excuses for their behavior. If there is any admittance, then there most likely will be an end to these issues, but the addicted brain is against that. Justifying behavior satisfies the addicted brain.
If you have a family history of this, then the likelihood of becoming addicted is greater. Inheriting the ability to become addicted is complex. The signs of this problem could be attributed to your genes, but only about by fifty percent. Even without having a history of family addictions, this does not absolve you from this issue.
The behavior that controls you has a hold on you. Your impulses, anxieties, pleasures, preferences, and fears take over your ability to reason and make sound decisions. If you or someone you know is experiencing these 7 signs, contact us today for help taking the next step.