Addiction

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Addiction

Addiction

Abstract Addiction knows no prejudice; it does not care what race, religion, sex or orientation. You can be addicted to drugs, gambling, x-box, shopping and eating. Addiction is an illness that requires, for most, professional help and that once you are an addict you are always an addict.

Addiction is everywhere, from celebrity tabloids, to television, and possibly to a family member or close friend. There is alcoholism, drug abuse, and gambling addiction; the effects of such are devastating. The purpose of this paper is to address some of the different forms of addiction and types of addictive behaviors.
Addiction is defined as a persistent, compulsive dependence on a behavior
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(Omniomania: Shopping Addiction, 2010)
When people who suffer from omniomania begin to feel anxious, nervous or depressed the go shopping to make themselves feel better, they get a “high” from shopping, a high similar to that of drug addicts. It is believed that shopping provides a stimulant of beta-endorphines in the brain, which give the person the “high” feeling. People continue to shop to gain the euphoric feeling and then can become addicted to shopping. (Intili, 2004)
It is believed that about 6% of Americans have a shopping addiction; of the 6% 90% are women. To a shopping addict trips to the mall become the main way to cope with stress, even when it is having a negative impact on the rest of their life. The addiction will affect their relationships and finances. (Omniomania: Shopping Addiction, 2010) It is a never ending merry-go-round; the stress from relationships and finances just reinforces the urge to shop more in order to feel better.
Treatment for this addiction usually starts with financial counseling. The shopper is usually in denial as to the amount of debt and or effect they shopping has had on their life and they need see it in paper and admit to having a problem before any kind of counseling or therapy will work.
Gambling addiction also know as compulsive gambling is a type of impulse control disorder. (Healthyplace.com, 2008) It is a progressive disease that can wreck havoc on relationships, work, and finances.
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