What Is Addiction
The speed of technology today leaves many of us on the fringes looking for a
way to escape. We may have a void in our life and be looking for something to
fill it. This can be the very early roots of addiction. As new technologies are
created so it leaves some of us as the causalities. The addicted. Acknowledging
that we may be in this group, can be the first step on the road to recovery.
There is a list below of some of the components of addiction. Your first step
may be to look honestly at yourself. Do any of them apply to you? Only you will
really know. People around you may be suspicious. If you are looking at this
site on behalf of someone else ask them the questions. Do not make assumptions.
Briefly addiction is termed: 'the progressive abuse of something that is
repetitious and difficult or impossible to control, engaging in a compulsive
behavior' [Some of the things listed below however may in some cases be more
correctly termed compulsions and/or obsessions. There is still some debate about
the differences but basically an addiction is something which you enjoy doing,
or started off enjoying, and involves some degree of physical dependence. An
obsession is termed 'an idea or a thought dominating a person's mind'. A
compulsion on the other Hand is termed 'an irresistible urge' or 'a repetitive
behaviours' (e.g. cleaning or checking something continually) it is a behaviour
often performed in response to an obsession. The other term used here is
obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD)]
Some Common Addictions
exercise, sex, eating,
There is still some debate, but we can see from the descriptions given above
that some of the behavioural addictions could more accurately be termed OCD. For
example, oniomania and eating disorders.
Anyhow, whatever term the doctors and scientists like to give, if that habit or
behaviour is controlling you, if you think you might be, or know you are,
addicted then read on....
Some of the characteristics of an addictive habit or behaviour are something:
not under your control - it controls you, when involved in the behaviour you
feel like you are living on automatic pilot;
a compulsion, a regular part of your life, where the edges have become blurred,
difficult to imagine life without, cannot exist without it;
you find yourself doing again and again, for a bigger or better 'hit' or 'buzz';
you find yourself doing more and more to escape feelings like boredom, grief,
frustration, sadness, rejection or failure; · which you spend, more and more
which becomes self-obsessive, spending a lot of mental and emotional energy
denying and struggling against yourself and others;
which may be sapping your energy. Reducing your effectiveness and self esteem,
and disrupts family, social, love and work life, in addition to damaging
your physical and mental health.
which you enjoy, or at least you may have in the past enjoyed; partaking in,
otherwise you would not do it
which is progressive, and can be developed over along period of time;
Finally though the addiction may bring short-term pleasure, it may also bring
long term harm. The person who works long hours from morning till evening may
see their relationships or social life slowly ebbing away.
The story does not end there however this is just the beginning. The first
and most difficult step is acknowledging that you have a problem, maybe
acknowledging that you are 'powerless' as the AA Twelve-step theory says. Or
maybe you want to control the addiction instead of it controlling you. Whatever
you feel the acknowledging that you have a problem is the most important step.
From here some people will struggle on their own; some will get help from a
counsellor, some will require extensive treatment in a residential setting.
Personally I and many others can recount of a relationship 'like nothing else on
this earth'. A relationship which can bring freedom and acceptance. A
relationship with Jesus Christ, who called Himself the 'Great I Am' - Exodus
Chap. 3 verse 14 & John Chap. 8 verse 58. If you want to find out more about
this, speak to someone you know who has experienced this relationship for
themselves. Please do alternatively contact us if you wish. In addition we would
be very happy to pray with/for you. So, if you have got this far maybe you have
acknowledged that you do have a problem and you do need/want help. We would
encourage you to move forward.
What kind of help is available?
Self help groups such as 'your addiction' Anonymous or
overcomers a Christian twelve step programme. You should be able to find details
of these contacts in the links section on this site or in your local telephone directory.
Professional help from a local advisory service, or your
doctor. Either of these may refer you for counselling or in the case of a
substance based addiction, for detox. (the medical part of the rehab. i.e.
removing/substituting the drug in your system) On completion of the detox.
depending on your addiction, there are residential rehab. centres where you may
be able to go. If you are referred here by the professional agencies then you
will usually be funded. This will probably involve a wait however as there will
doubtless be any number of other individuals waiting ahead of you. You may of
course refer yourself and either pay for the treatment yourself or find that the
rehab has a limited number of free places.
You will find further details of everything mentioned above, including some
treatment centres, on the page entitled
links. If you do not
find what you are looking for please do contact us and we will do what we can to
If you wish to continue from here, please click on the:
page. If you want to know more about drugs generally and why we take drugs, or
if you have read enough, go to the
Addiction page and select the particular addiction you are interested in. Go