Addiction and its Effect
Addiction is a compulsive self-defeating behaviour involving an all-consuming relationship with a mood- altering chemical, person or activity that has debilitating consequences.
Chemical addictions may include alcohol, street drugs (such as tic, heroin, crack, cocaine, marijuana) or prescription medication (such as codeine, morphine, pethidine, benzodiazapines). Process addictions may include sex, love, codependency, eating, gambling, work, social networking and gaming.
You don’t have to be in active addiction to suffer from addiction.
Addiction not only affects the addict/ user but a network of others connected to them. Family members, friends, work colleagues, employers and employees also suffer from the debilitating and progressive effects of addiction and codependency eg. ‘adult children of addicts or alcoholics’ (ACOA) who have grown up in homes where there is addiction.
Recovery is possible for anyone affected by addiction in the past or present.