A lot of people would experiment with alcohol and drugs at least at one point during adolescence. The innate inquisitiveness and rebellion of adolescents and teenagers are generally the causes why they start trying substances for the first time. To add, peer pressure and a need to fit in, young people are most often vulnerable at risk of exposure. Because teenagers still have not fully matured prefrontal lobes in their brains, their judgment and regulation of instinct is often weak, makes them susceptible to potential abuse or addiction.
Drug use initially is a voluntary act. The drug use becomes habitual and evolves into a full-blown addiction that occurs through a range of circumstances. In the past, addiction was seen as arising from the moral failure and lack of will of a person. Recently, biological theories, and with the advances in scientific research, it is widely accepted that addiction is a "brain disease". This, however, is still up for argument by some sectors of the medical arena.
Prescription opioids or opioid painkillers are meant to provide pain relief but now there are a high number of well documented cases where overdose, injuries and deaths have occurred as historically they have been heavily marketed and are often self-administered improperly. Examples of these include oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, and tramadol. The illegal drug heroin is also an opioid. People often break tablets or open capsules, dissolve the powder in water and inject the liquid into a vein. Users and those addicted commonly short the crushed and powdered form too.
Nicotine is the drug that causes dependence on tobacco products. The addiction is physical as well as also mental and habitual users come to crave its effects. The addiction is also behavioural. It is as addictive as heroin, cocaine, and alcohol. Once nicotine enters the bloodstream, it creates pleasant feelings in the mind and body.
Mid-2018, the introduction of "gaming disorder" to the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization has sparked litigious discussion on all sides of the issue. In the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), gaming disorder aka video game addiction is defined as a pattern of gaming activity characterized by impaired gaming control; increased priority given to gaming over other activities to the degree that gaming takes precedence over other interests, or daily activities and the continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.
Pornography is any material with the main intent to cause sexual arousal or excitement. It may come in the form of statues, paintings, pictures, audios, and videos. The history of porn can be traced back to prehistoric times. An extensive inventory of artifacts has been unearthed from Mesopotamia portraying sexual acts.
Do you extend your work beyond the office hours? Are you constantly thinking of work-related stuff even on your off days? Has work become an escape from feelings of anxiety, helplessness, or depression? If these things sound familiar to you…you might be a workaholic.
The road to smoking addiction is very easy. It is made easy by the substance called nicotine that is present in all smoking products. Nicotine’s addictive pull is similar to cocaine and heroin. Ten seconds after taking in a lungful, the nicotine hits the brain and releases a sudden gush of glucose. Your body’s heart rate, respiration, and blood pressure shoot up. For some, one cigarette is all it takes to get addicted.
The wide availability of the internet and the adoption of new digital technology such as smartphones over the past decade are influencing society and establishing new social structures. Social networks allow rapid communication with a click of a button – reaching and sending all kinds of messages whether by image, video or text. The use of social networks such as the ubiquitous Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tinder, and many others, promotes virtual interactions and meetings with others, sometimes eliminating the need for personal relationships and commitments.
Sex addiction is controversial. Some argue that this is not a form of addiction at all. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-V (DSM-5) has yet to profile sex addiction as a diagnosable disorder. There is, however, an indication that sex addiction has similar progressive patterns like that of any “chemical addiction”. Moreover, sex addiction isn’t even all about sex as much as a drug disorder is about drugs or eating disorders is all about food. This does not mean that sex addiction is not a problem.
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