Are you at risk for addictive behaviors? Some people are genetically predisposed to addictive behavior. It is common for people who have addictive behaviors to be depressed. Often people who have addictions are that way because they are trying to fill a need in their lives.
Some ways you can determine whether someone has an addictive behavior:
A addicted person becomes obsessed with an object that he constantly thinks about, an activity that he repeats over and over or substance abuse whether it be drugs or alcohol.
The person seeks out and engages in behavior even though he knows it is causing harm to himself or to someone close to him.
The person compulsively engages in an activity even when she doesn't want to because she can't stop herself. When she stops this behavior, she exhibits symptoms such as irritability, cravings, restlessness and depression.
An addicted person denies he has problems with his addictive behavior and cannot stop himself or even recognize the negative affects it has on him and the people around him.
An addicted person often hides this behavior even though the people around her are aware of what she's doing and start pointing it out to her.
People with addictive behavior often suffer from depression.
It is common for someone who grows up in a home where there is physical abuse or substance abuse to follow in his or her parent's footsteps and continue this pattern of pattern of behavior with a spouse or child.
Some addictive behaviors an individual may exhibit are:
- Eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, or compulsive eating
- Substance abuse
- Physical abuse
Following are some suggestions of ways a you can change an addictive behavior:
1. In order to break the cycle an seek out support groups such as AA or Al-Anon where you can talk about your feelings among people who have similar experiences.
2. Learn how to break the cycle by learning alternative behaviors such as loving yourself as you are, not putting undue expectations on yourself and changing the way you communicate with your children or spouse with out being abusive.
3. Participate in sports or active hobbies instead of going to the places where you frequent that feed into your addictions.
4. Contact a college that offers continuing education classes that you can take to improve your communication skills with your spouse or child to improve your relationship with them.
5. Attend counseling where you can learn why you respond the way you do in a given situation and how to change your behavior.
6. Attend group therapy with your family where each of you can openly talk about your feelings in a supportive environment so you can improve your relationship with one another.
Davida Shensky graduated from Armstrong Atlantic University in Savannah, GA. and CEO of Career Performance Institute a career & personal development company. As a “Disabled American” I has many limitations to overcome based on societies attitudes.
- 7 common ways to get sued by your employees
- Why it might be time to upgrade your toilet
- Arizona teachers are building a better future by using technology in the classroom
- How to make summer reading fun for the whole family
- How to find relief for chronic joint pain
- Can the NBA Lottery save the Suns?
- Skip Urgent Care: 5 ailments you can treat with telemedicine
- Skin Cancer in Arizona: Stats, facts and new immunotherapy drugs making strides
- Distracted walking injuries end up not so funny
- Scary situations: 5 quick tips before you let a contractor in your home
- Four ways telemedicine is changing the health care industry
- 5 mistakes homeowners make in the spring
- Three rivers run through it: Exploring Arizona's waterways
- Smart home basics: things you need to know to get started
- 5 Surprising things causing back pain
- Arizona agriculture is a $17.1B industry
- Timeline: Arizona's roots in brewing history
- 5 reasons to love the D-backs this season
- Tips for taking your home entertainment experience to the backyard
- Tech-related injuries your parents never experienced
- Workers comp: Signs your co-worker could be a fraud
- Who's the real founder of America's pastime?
- Epidemic rising? What you need to know about Alzheimer's in Arizona
- 5 unforgettable Wooden Award winners
- Family and hard work are keys to success of modern dairy farmers
- Genetic testing could hold answers for colon cancer survival
- Cold beers and baseball: A beer lover's guide to Spring Training
- Telecommuting: 5 tips to make it work for employers and employees
- See how top CFOs feel about economic growth in the Valley
- Migraine myths that keep patients from effective treatments