What is an addiction? Merriam-Webster defines it as the persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful. While the topic of addiction may generally focus on drugs and harmful substances, Americans have many other addictions that may also be considered harmful.
An example of such an addiction would be an addiction to food and eating – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 69 percent of American adults are classified as overweight. Overeating is a compulsive act that in many cases, disrupts a normal life, leading to future physical and psychological problems… A biological theory for why this may occur is a shortage of dopamine, thus affecting the reward centers of the brain, leading to a compulsion to eat.
Others suffer from an adrenalin addiction. This may be seen by a person’s irrational drive to participation in extreme sports and bodybuilding – regardless of the danger to oneself or one’s body. Gambling is another addiction providing an adrenalin-high and known to destroy one’s life.
There are plenty other compulsive behaviors that may lead to addictions including video-gaming and even shopping. While some aren’t officially classified by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), if a behavior is disruptive to living a normal healthy life and eventually cause destructive behavior, it may be an addiction!Back to Blog