Addictions are devastating and impact an individual’s life, functioning, and relationships. The addicted individual may be in total denial, feeling that they do not have a problem. Additionally, the addicted person may feel completely helpless, and with each repeated act, their self-worth is depleted.
Addicted persons lose touch with reality; their relationships suffer markedly. Addicted persons often struggle with utilizing effective coping skills, thereby furthering entrenchment within the unhealthy addiction.
Additionally, loved ones of the addicted individual suffer immensely as they watch helplessly, not knowing how to help.
Addictions take on many forms. Virtually any type of behavior has the potential to be an unhealthy addiction.
Some addictions include, but are not limited to:
- Drug and alcohol abuse and dependency
- Sexual addictions
- Gaming and internet addictions