Blog by Paola
Addiction isn't just substance use. It's behaviors used to self soothe we can't control.
Food, workaholism, shopping, gambling, gaming and relationships can all become addictions.
At its core addiction is soothing + avoidance.
A desire to avoid pain and feelings of unworthiness.
Yes, addiction is a disease — it’s a chronic condition. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) defines addiction as a chronic brain disorder. Addiction doesn’t happen from having a lack of willpower or as a result of making bad decisions. Your brain chemistry changes with addiction.
Symptoms of addiction vary from person to person and based on the substance or activity. In general, signs include:
How are addictions treated? Your healthcare provider may recommend a combination of treatment options, including:
The risk of substance use increases greatly during times of stress and change. It’s important to turn to healthy coping mechanisms during these times, such as exercising, meditating or learning a new hobby. Consider seeing a mental health professional if you’re having issues managing your stress.
Reference: professional, C. C. medical. (2023, March 16). Addiction. Cleveland Clinic. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/6407-addiction