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Addictions without drugs, is it possible?

It is common that the word addiction is linked to the word drugs because it seems that both are connected. But the truth is that the phenomenon of addiction is more broad and complex.

Addictions can be apparently harmless behavior habits that finally become addictive and seriously interference within the daily life of the people affected. These ones are known as psychosocial addictions and are free of substances, behavior, addictions or psychological addiction.

What happens if a guy forgets  their cellphone at home?, what happens when they  are not able to connect to internet?, what happens to us if we spent the day measuring the calories of anything we eat and also trying to find out how many calories we may burn by doing  certain exercise?,  what happens if the "use" we do to the work, exercise, food, leisure and free time activities makes us vulnerable, and it generates anguish, loneliness, insecurity, or alters our humor?, would or would not  have to be with an addiction?

At this point there, another question shows up: exactly, when can we speak that we are facing an addiction? There is no doubt that not everyone who uses the phone, access to the internet, goes to the gym, shops or works... is an addicted person. We cannot speak of both extremes addiction and not addiction, it is not somewhat dichotomous, it is more a bit of a continuum. A habit or a behavior can become addiction when it becomes harmful, when the subject  loses the ability to control its behavior at will, becomes a constant desire and loses interest in other activities.

It is not about feeling sick about our normal or healthy behaviors, but to realize how some common behaviors can become unhealthy, taking into account the intensity, the time spent, the degree of interference in the social, family, school or work life of persons, among other things.

One of the keys to prevent these addictions is to provide information and advice, discuss these issues at the home in order to be able to alert to such situations. Undoubtedly, education and promotion of a healthy leisure is another crutial key, promoting and encouraging the creative use of leisure and free time, educating in the enjoyment of the enriching and varied hobbies. Families can act as factors of protection, in the family certain behaviors can be strengthened, it can reward aspects such as development of critical thinking, skills facing media pressure, empathy, social skills, cooperative spirit, solidarity, etc.

This is a work of all of us, that the young people develop a healthy way, which should be carry out on the day their activities without feeling "tied and bound", without suffering the consequences of an addiction.

Written by Eurodesk Qualified Multiplier, Xunta de Galicia


Published: Tue, 20/05/2014 - 10:16

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