Addiction is defined as a chronic, progressive and relapsing disease of the brain. It is also characterized by attachment. How does it begin? “If I have no attachment, I lose my sense of belonging and therefore I lose my sense of identity”. This will result into a lost self which culminates in low self-esteem with a low mood. One will always live with a desire and longing for something to raise his or her low mood.
“Addictives” can either be substances or non-substances but the process of addiction is the same and some common substances include marijuana, khat, tobacco, heroin, alcohol, valium, coffee, and non substances include sex, shopping and work. Of course the list is long. Addicts can be helped through motivational interviewing, the Twelve Steps or AA groups and self help groups. Denial is the biggest and commonest behavior of addicts in the process of counseling and once denial is broken, it leads to acceptance and recovery can take place.
Finally, There is no one who is exempt from falling into addiction, whether learned or not, poor or rich, religious or atheist and there is nobody who intends to be an addict. However, because people use substances that can react with their bodies differently, they find that they have become addicts.
Ariho Henry Moses