Experimenting during adolescent years and developmental growth periods are normal. Experience is gained by the time going through an experience. The psychology of addiction is the how, why, when, what, and where behavior. The behavior that triggers the response to want more. But what happens to promote addiction is the root – problem (creations of). That comes from or is created due to a past experience or life event.
Psychology of Addiction is an overview of the behavior. It is also known as the study of motivation and controlling factors that induce a person to do an addictive behavior. The factors vary from individual to individual and from situation to situation. At times, one may not even be aware that they are addicted. If you are reading this article, chances are that you have come across a question “Why do people become addicted?” or “What makes a person more likely to become addicted?” There are a number of theories about addiction out there but the most widely recognized one is the “Biological Theory” which suggests that addiction is caused by genetic predisposition. It means that it runs in families and if your parents had addiction problems such as alcoholism, drug abuse or compulsive gambling, you are at high risk of being addicted to substance use or something else. On the other hand, behavioral theories suggest that addiction comes from the environment and how they were raised by their parents. People who grew up in an environment with no love and care are more likely to become addicted as they look for such care in other things. Other times, people use drugs for an escape route from their problems and so does alcohol. If someone feels depressed, drugs offer temporary consolation that never lasts but one becomes habitual and continues doing it again and again without realizing its consequences.
So why do people start using drugs?
The answer to this question must be found in a person’s life events, psychology, past experiences and mental health.
When a person is depressed, it is very difficult for them to enjoy life fully, which will inevitably lead to the search for an escape route. It’s easy to fall into the world of drugs – they will show you another world, where all your problems disappear, even if it is a temporary illusion. The cause of behavior to explore drugs to temporarily avoid feelings. It’s important to understand one addiction feeds another. In other words if you give up sugary foods, becoming a salt-aholic is favorable. Substituting a new created addiction is likely to fill the void. A continuous cycle in times of a mental mess situation.
My alcohol and drug experience began during my High School years. Addiction isn’t a taste for or an acquired liking for a beverage or substance. Addiction is the recovery, or the lack of – to hide from emotional connection with high levels of pain.. Hiding something that feels unpleasant or unwelcome, is optional- yet reality. Covering the inner pain (demon) to feel normal or better about ones self, produces the nature of behavior.
Addiction can be described as a compulsive, unhealthy need to engage in a certain activity. Unlike the way most people think about addiction, very little of it has to do with the actual substance or behavior one has become addicted to. Instead, addiction is more of a coping mechanism that someone uses to deal with difficult feelings or circumstances.
The truth my of addiction starts here. Addiction became part of my way of life, challenging events of death.
Being secure, confident, and intelligent added to self awareness to my own identity- did not matter.. Yes, getting drunk, was just a happening occurance at times. The cause of drinking was for fun, social involvement, not for out of character behavior. Exploring my tolerence to drugs and alcohol was experienced with friends or peers. And then, the feeling of numbness, laughter or enjoyment from the alcohol take effect. Developmental response is learning to connect with behavior and the substance. The behavioral reaction to drugs and alcohol weren’t negative effects of anger, mood altercation, or disrespectful behavior during my use. My tolerance was the social aspect while drinking not to get drunk. I can say, I didn’t have grudges to people, places or things.
Drugs, such as marijuana, mushrooms, acid, were more mind or body response altering substance Of course we all try different peer related drugs, as I did. I can say my experience was pleasant and offered enjoyment. Some days involved over drinking, getting sick, hangovers, and the “oh, I will never drink again moments”. All though, I had my share of hangovers. Those headaches were contributed by whiskey or hard liquor. (lesson * to respond or not respond – to learn from awareness of the behavior with over endulging or mixing alcohol).
When the word “addiction” is used, we often think about alcohol or drugs, and specifically the chemicals within them. But how does that impact our behavior?
The chemical reactions in the brain are linked to everything we do, especially our actions—be it buying ice cream, going to work, or having sex. In fact, when it comes to powerful addictive substances like alcohol and cocaine, we’re talking about very strong chemical hooks: but they are still just chemical reactions.
Those chemical hooks of being a superhero; was not in my plans. I didn’t desire to explore hard liquor or the behavior from the effects. Proudly, a shot from time to time was my limit. However inner peace and enjoyment balanced, my behavior, the (Inner monster) was tamed. I had an honest relationship with my parents and myself. This is in fact an important key factor to developmental growth during adolescent years. Also the relationship established with future addictions.
Drinking wasn’t a habit or need for me. Drinking with family and friends were the of best times just interacting/socializing. A people person was natural for my social well-being.. Drinking in the yard with my dad, held the best conversations, growing knowledge, and in-depth wisdom of life, itself. My childhood did not include: a broken home, child abuse, foster care, or traumitizing influences. My addiction came in the form of life events. Those life events were the loss of my father and brother 7 weeks apart.
The truth of addiction is, trauma, something that takes place that a person can not accept. An emotional, physical or mental event that one can not manage to cope with. Accepting the pain of an event can be crippling at times. Dealing with the mental effects are important. Naturally when unwelcoming pain is experienced, we use defenses to our advantage . Any pain can result in drug or alcohol abuse. The beginning or the go to escape route that leads to addiction. Influenced pain by substance or alcohol form to avoid emotional, mental, or physical Searching for a numbing mechanism that becomes an addiction. Its not your fault, its okay that pain hurts. Its okay to cry, feel and acknowledge the pain. It’s not a fun, happy feeling, or a joy to experience raw emotions. But honestly, once you face the truth and pain. Life is good. Life is happier. You are stronger. You can free addiction or urges of temtation by understanding yourself.
Dealing with emotional, mental, or physical trauma today. Can help keep addiction tendencies from surfacing. Learn your own behavior and actions. This can help you better understand your mental and physical health. Take time to feel the in the moment experience or present circumstances. Those feelings are warning signs that help you deal and cope with life pain. Those warnings can be your tendency to manage future events that trigger pain. You are the mechanic to your well-being. A good mechanic knows how to look for warnings before they surface. You have the ability to recognize the warnings. You have the ability to be stronger than you never imagined. Believe in your positivity, a flow of positive energy that cycles within your well-being. Open that experience to overcome, challenges so tomorrow is adding positivity. And addiction will be far from reach.
Until our beautiful minds meet again. Be safe out there. Many blessings and much love. Remember Everyday Minds Matter – Della🦋💞
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