Addiction is a complex behavior disorder. Addiction is a term used to describe a recurring compulsive behavior by an individual to engage in a specific activity, despite harmful consequences, to the user or to his or her individual health, mental state or social life. Addiction can be identified when an individual reaches a point where they cannot control their own actions. Even when individuals are aware that their behavior is harmful, they continue the compulsive behavior. The inability to stop the addictive behavior, more than any other attribute, explains addiction. There are various types of addictions that include drugs, alcohol, spending, overeating, gambling, computer, smoking, pornography, sex, etc. In fact many individuals have more than one addiction.
It takes tremendous bravery and strength to acknowledge the problematic behavior of addition. It can leave people feeling helpless. However, there is hope and help is available. It is important to stay hopeful in spite of having attempted to work through the addiction in the past. You can effectively deal with your addiction without waiting until you hit rock bottom and lose everything important in your life.
Recovery is a process, and it is inevitable that obstacles will present themselves during your journey. You can overcome your addictive behavior by learning how to cope in ways that are constructive rather than destructive to yourself and others.