What is addiction?
An addiction is a behavior over which you lack control to the point that it causes you significant harm.
How common is addiction?
Addiction charity Action on Addiction estimates that as many as 1 in 3 people are addicted to something.
What causes addiction?
Addiction begins for a variety of reasons, including environmental factors, psychological factors, and genetic predispositions.
Alcohol is one the most common substances to which someone can become addicted.
Drugs that result in addiction can range from street drugs, such as cocaine or heroine, to prescription medication.
Gambling can give an individual a "high" similar to other addictions.
Not everyone who views pornography has a sexual addiction, but viewing pornography has neurological effects that can cause some people to become addicted.
Solvents include glue, lighter fuel, and aerosols.
Compulsive spending can give an individual a "high" similar to other addictions.
If you are wondering whether you have an addiction, it may help to evaluate what the relevant behavior (drinking, drug use, shopping, sexual activity, etc.) has cost you:
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If you aren't sure where to start, consider contacting a helpline, such as Addiction Treatment Near You. This helpline is completely private and confidential 24/7 and dedicated exclusively to helping you find the treatment you need in your area.
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If you think you might have an addiction, contact a therapist who specializes in addiction and recovery.
If your addiction is severe or if you have another co-occurring disorder, inpatient rehab might be a good option. If inpatient is not necessary for you, you can attend treatment sessions on an outpatient basis.
If you're looking for Catholic treatment specifically, contact a recovery specialist at Rehab Center to help you find the support you're looking for.
Support groups can be a great way to find other people who understand what you're going through and find accountability.
Addiction is not a real illness. It was once thought that people suffering from addiction were simply lazy or selfish. Now, with modern research, we know that this is simply not the case. Addiction is real illness, just as legitimate as any other mental health condition. Research shows that treating addictive behaviors as symptoms of an illness, rather than blaming the person suffering for their addiction, brings healing and recovery.
Addiction can be "prayed away". If you're a practicing Catholic, then integrating your Catholicism with your recovery can be extremely beneficial both emotionally and spiritually. However, prayer, while a vital part of life, is not a treatment program. It's important to receive treatment by a licensed professional.
If you relapse, you've failed. Addiction is an illness like any other. Suffering from the symptoms of it or a worsening of symptoms does make you a failure.
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Catholic In Recovery is a non-profit organization that serves Catholics experiencing addiction and other unhealthy attachments. Check out their website for more information on meetings, resources, and integrating your Catholic spirituality with your recovery.
Guest House provides treatment for addiction and co-morbid mental health disorders to Catholic clergy and seminarians.
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The Voices Project is a grassroots organization dedicated to changing the perception of substance use disorders, addiction, and recovery.
Smart Recovery is a self-help recovery program offering online and in-person groups.
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Promises Behavioral Health provides comprehensive addiction treatment for a variety of addictions, as well as dual diagnosis treatment.
Rehab Spot is dedicated to providing accurate and extensive knowledge on addiction.