What is Addiction?
Addiction is the uncontrolled use of a substance or engagement in an activity which becomes a problem causing the victim. It is often difficult to classify how much is too much of anything for anyone. We are all different, but when someone’s quality of life and relationships start to suffer as a result of the repeated use of the substance or behaviour, it may be fair to consider it an addiction. Many people addicted to substances or behaviours still appear to live normally, by getting up and going to work, or maintaining family commitments. They’re not immune from the long term effects of addiction. They’re called ‘functioning addicts’. Functioning addicts may not realise that they are suffering as they have been doing it for so long. Therefor trying to explain to them the dangers (physical, psychological, social, or financial) may be challenging.