There is hardly a chance of finding anyone in this world without an addiction. Ask anyone about what an addiction is, you may not get an answer, ask what their addiction is and you will not fail to get an answer. Such is the state of our minds today. Our lifestyles, work pressures, pressures in personal relationships, peer pressure lead to several physical, social, emotional, and psychological disturbances leading us to depend on substances or maladroit behaviors that take the form of addictions.
Addiction is a compulsive dependence on a physical substance or on a behavior that is detrimental to our physical, psychological, and emotional wellbeing. Be it drugs, smoking, TV, or work, addictions consume our physical, financial, and emotional faculties. Experts are divided on what exactly constitutes an addiction. However, the truth is that any form of addiction is detrimental to the wellbeing of an individual.
Drug abuse is the most talked about addiction. Millions are spent every year to treat individuals who become slaves to drugs. The health system is burdened with the task of curing and reforming drug addicts. The law enforcement agencies have a tough time finding sources and peddlers of drugs. Being an international syndicate, drug smuggling is being fought on a war footing by governments around the world.
Alcoholism is the most common addiction. No country or society has escaped the scourge of this curse. Gambling is an addiction that has cost people their careers, families, and marriages. The life of an addict is a curse. With often the entire earning spent in satiating the devilish urge, the addict often has no financial security. Health deteriorates and the inability to maintain social relationships ensures ostracization from the society. Withdrawing into a shell, an addict begins a journey into a delusional world where his compulsive dependence gets stronger where reality ends and imagination rules.
Help is at hand today for any kind of addiction anywhere in the world. Groups of dedicated doctors, reformed addicts and enthusiastic volunteers lend a helping hand and much needed emotional and psychological support needed most by addicts looking for a cure. Be it behavioral rectification, medicinal therapies, or social embracement, these groups do a yeoman service to bring together addicts and provide them help. If you know one who is hopelessly addicted or if you are one yourself, remember it is never too late to quit and that help is at hand. All it needs is the will to seek it.