HONESTY and ADDICTION

Living in a sin sick world, society misuses and misunderstands that addiction is more than illegal drugs and alcohol.

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Honesty

 refers to a facet of moral character and connotes positive and virtuous attributes such as integritytruthfulness, and straightforwardness. Furthermore, honesty means being trustworthy, loyalfair, and sincere.

 Addiction

 is used in several different ways. One definition describes physical addiction. This is a biological state in which the body adapts to the presence of a drug so that drug no longer has the same effect; this is known as tolerance. Because of tolerance, there is a biological reaction when the drug is withdrawn. Another form of physical addiction is the phenomenon of overreaction by the brain to drugs (or to cues associated with the drugs). An alcoholic walking into a bar, for instance, will feel an extra pull to have a drink because of these cues.  However, most addictive behavior is not related to either physical tolerance or exposure to cues. People compulsively use  drugs, gamble, or shop nearly always in reaction to being emotionally stressed, whether or not they have a physical addiction. Since these psychologically based addictions are not based on drug or brain effects, they can account for why people frequently switch addictive actions from one drug to a completely different kind of drug, or even to a non-drug behavior. The focus of the addiction isn’t what matters; it’s the need to take action under certain kinds of stress. Treating this kind of addiction requires an understanding of how it works psychologically. 

Before one  can be honest with one self  in addiction you must understand what  are the  causes and triggers.

  STRESSOR 

An event that triggers the stress response may include:

  • environmental stress (elevated sound levelsover-illumination, overcrowding)

  • daily stress events (e.g. traffic, lost keys, quality and quantity of physical activity)

  • life changes (e.g. divorce, bereavement)

  • workplace stress (e.g. high job demand v. low job control, repeated or sustained exertions, forceful exertions, extreme postures)

  • chemical stress(e.g. tobaccoalcohol, drugs)

  • social stress (e.g., societal and family demands)

Stress is a part of everyone’s life and natural activation of the body’s stress-response system gives you extra strength and courage to be alert and stay focused. However, chronic stress can threaten your physical and emotional well-being and trigger health problems such as…   anxiety disorder, depression,  sleep problems, diabetes, heart disease, digestive problems and many psychosomatic illnesses that can lead to addictive behavior because…

Addictions come in many forms and patterns such as gambling, sex, cigarettes, cell phones, food, video games, prescription drugs, coffee, soda, the internet and the list goes on and on

 IT IS IMPORTANT TO EDUCATE ONESELF  WHEN BEING  HONEST FACING ANY FORM OF ADDICTION TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

One must be honest and have knowledge to know when life shows up you must endure and press on.

 NO ONE HAS TO FIGHT ADDICTION WITHOUT HELP  Just BE HONEST and DON’T GIVE UP!