So what exactly is an addiction? And why do so many of us have them and try so hard to hide them from the rest of the world? For instance, are you addicted to Facebook or Coffee? How miserable would you be if you stopped both this week?
Compulsive shopping can affect anyone, regardless of race or income. But why? What causes so many of us to empty savings accounts and take out dozens of credit cards, just to hit the shops day after day?
A 2005 study done Stanford University’s School of Medicine found that a large percentage of us are unhealthily attached to the ‘Net. While almost 70% of us are regular Internet users, 14% of respondents stated it was hard to stay away from the Internet for more than a few days, 12% said they stayed online longer than they intended, and almost 6% said that their Internet use is negatively affecting their relationships.
So let’s start by defining what sex addiction really is. The National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity defines sexual addiction as “engaging in persistent and escalating patterns of sexual behavior acted out despite increasing negative consequences to self and others.”
Face it, everybody has them. Even YOU. Bad habits that is. Everybody has one, two or more things in their life that they KNOW aren’t good for them, yet something inside of them causes them to continue.
According to the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery, food addiction is simply an obsessive preoccupation with food. It doesn’t mean that a food addict can’t get enough of food – it could be that they are so concerned with food, that they avoid it at all costs.
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