There are many types of addiction that can affect people from all walks of life.
Addiction can overtake any individual’s life, regardless of socioeconomic status, gender, age, or other factors. There are some people who are more at risk than others, but as a whole, addiction does not discriminate.
One of the types of addiction that is more commonly known is that of alcoholism.
This is a disease that centers in the mind and manifests itself as a physical allergy. Alcoholics cannot safely consume in any form or fashion and the only sure way to not abuse alcohol is complete abstinence. Alcoholism is a temporary solution for a thinking problem. This means that most people who struggle with an addiction to alcohol have turned to it as a solution. It is not the cause, but a symptom of something much more complex. Alcoholics struggle with an inability to function or live life on life’s terms. Though some can appear to be functioning alcoholics, their lives are far from manageable.
Other types of addiction similar to alcoholism are drug addictions.
This can be to substances that produce physical cravings, or can be entirely psychological. Some types of substances are marijuana, cocaine, heroin, opioids, and other legal pharmaceuticals. This type of addiction also centers in the mind and has become a temporary solution. It is said that addiction is a thinking disease, which means that those who turn to mind altering substances are unable to differentiate the truth from the false. This does not mean addicts or alcoholics suffer from a lack of willpower, but an awakening and spiritual principles must be implemented in order to learn how to live without using.
Sex, gambling, and overeating are other types of addictions that are, once again, temporary solutions.
Any time something is used to excess and the user does not have the ability to refrain, addiction is present. The problem lies within the mind of the user, and though they probably want to stop and can’t explain why they continue doing what they do, they are unable to quit. The 12 steps have worked and continue to work in countless lives. These principles and guidelines to living can be applied to any addiction. What it calls for is surrender and a reliance on a power greater than yourself. Fortunately, this higher power can come in any form you choose. It is highly recommended to work with a sponsor, someone who has traversed the steps themselves, and with whom you can trust. There is a way out of the madness of addiction, regardless of the type of addiction that is running your life. The 12 steps and professional help can mean the difference between doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, and actually finding peace.