Jung Shim believes in everyone having a healthy and happy life. We teach people how to thrive in today's world by tapping into their own 'human energy' source and learning how to renew it in a sustainable way. But this isn’t always easy. Challenges face us in life whether it’s stress, anxiety, depression, the list goes on. In this blog we are focussing on addiction, the causes, symptoms and how it could be treated.
What Is Addiction?
Addiction is a condition in which a person engages in the use of a substance or in a behaviour for which the rewarding effects provide a compelling incentive to repeatedly pursue the behaviour despite detrimental consequences. Addiction may involve the use of substances such as alcohol, drugs, nicotine or behaviours such as gambling.
Both substance use disorders and gambling behaviours have an increased likelihood of being accompanied by mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety or other pre-existing problems. Substance use and gambling disorders not only engage many of the same brain mechanisms of compulsivity, they respond to many of the same approaches to treatment.
Because addiction affects the brain’s executive functions, individuals who develop an addiction may not be aware that their behaviour is causing problems for themselves and others. Over time, pursuit of the pleasurable effects of the substance or behaviour may dominate an individual’s activities.
Symptoms of Addiction
The signs and symptoms of addictions can vary from person to person and can also depend on the type of addiction that you are suffering from. However, there are several signs and symptoms that are common to most types of addiction. These include
Psychological symptoms of addictions:
- Mood swings and paranoia
- Increased temper
- Agitation and tiredness
- Inability to focus or concentrate
- Diminished self-esteem and self-worth
Behavioural and social signs of addictions:
- Secretive or dishonest behaviour
- Poor performance and/or attendance at work or school
- Withdrawing from responsibility and socialising
- Continuing to use the substance, or engage in certain behaviours, despite the negative consequences that these cause
- Trying but failing to reduce or stop misusing a substance, or engaging in certain behaviours
Physical symptoms of addictions:
- Lack of concern over physical appearance/personal hygiene
- Disrupted sleep patterns, including insomnia
Causes of Addiction
Because addiction is a multi-faceted condition, it is more productive, and more accurate, to think of risk factors for the development of substance abuse disorders, rather than causes. Research makes it clear: There is no way to predict who will develop compulsive substance use or gambling behaviour although genetics may be a contributory factor:
- Genes: Estimates vary but scientists find that genetic factors contribute about half the risk for developing a substance use disorder.
- Physiological factors: Variations in liver enzymes that metabolize substances are known to influence risk of alcohol use disorder.
- Gender: Males are more likely to develop substance use disorder than females.
- Personality factors. Both impulsivity and sensation seeking have been linked to substance use and gambling disorders. Impulsivity may be particularly related to the risk of relapse.
- Mental health factors. Conditions such as depression, anxiety and attention deficit disorder increase the risk of addiction. Difficulties managing strong emotions are also linked to substance use.
- Family factors. While strong family relationships have been shown to protect against substance use disorders, several aspects of family functioning or circumstances can contribute to addiction risk. Troubled parent-child relations and family disruptions such as divorce add to risk. Sexual, physical, or emotional abuse also increases risk.
- Accessibility factors. Easy availability of alcohol or other substances in one’s home, at school or work, or in one’s community increases the risk of repeated use.
- Employment status. Having a job, and developing the skills for employment, exerts pressure for stability and provides financial and psychological rewards that mitigate addiction risk.
Treatment of Addiction
Because addiction affects so many facets of an individual’s functioning, good treatment focuses on many dimensions of life, including family roles and work skills as well as mental health. No one way is right for everyone, and there is evidence that the commitment to change is more important than the type of treatment program. Whatever the treatment under consideration, there are many options to look into.
How Jung Shim Can Help
Jung Shim means ‘beautiful mind’ and our centres are places of harmony and positive energy where people can re-charge their depleted energy caused by the stresses and strains of modern life. Whatever challenges we face in life, we have energy treatments based on your specific needs. Our specially trained practitioners discuss your goals with you and advise on the right parts of the programme for you. You receive a personalised service and support along the way to make sure you get the most from Jung Shim. This allows us to regain our beautiful mind and true nature which will lead to a healthy and happy life.
Our Ancestor Healing Programme looks at how family patterns may affect our own behaviour through inherited energy patterns which are passed down through the generations.
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