Most people would think that addiction is a problem of personal weakness; initiated for self-gratification and continued due to a lack of willpower to stop. hence the question …how to manage daily addiction?
- Research and clinical trials have proven that many people engage in potentially addictive activities to escape physical or emotional discomfort.
- Scientists have recently suggested the theory of “Syndrome Model of Addiction”,
- Implies that there is one addiction that associated with multiple expressions _modifying the old concept of multiple addictions, each of was on a specific substance or activity_.
Basically, science is now suggesting that for an addiction to develop, the drug or activity must shift a person’s experience in a desirable direction. The evidence-based , ct brain imaging technologies results in the human brain respond at the same manner for pleasure, either resulted from excreted chemicals or hormones or from drugs or addicted materials (for instance: alcohol, cocaine or any other drugs) or getting involved in certain behaviors (for instance: shopping, sex, etc).
daily addiction wide spread
- We’re all addicts at some level. Addiction, by definition,
- daily addiction,is a result of a continued use of something despite the consequences;
- continued tweeting, continued computer gaming, continued daydreaming,
- continued eating, or even continued pining away for that special someone despite adverse consequences.
modern world enhance daily addiction
- Unfortunately, the modern world is increasingly designed to create experiences that are addictive,
- this holds true for things (such as: cloths or food), and behaviors (such as: watching TV or staying online to keep up with the latest news), or even thoughts (such as: thoughts of politics or romance).
- And because all of these are available at a moment’s notice through our TV’s, laptops, or smartphones; they can take advantage of any weak moment (such as: boredom, anger, loneliness, frustration or hunger) to offer a simple emotional fix.
For deep understanding of how this happened, Let’s have a closer look to know how our brains work. By time, our brains have evolved a new survival method (called reward based learning) which is based on positive/ negative reinforcement. In other words, one would want to do more of the things that feel good and less of the things that feel bad.
food daily addiction
- Back in the days of cavemen ,such way of thinking was really helpful.
- Since food was hard to come by; if one sees some food that looks good, brain sends instant signal to jump right up to reach the food to survive hunger.
- At this point brain releases chemicals called dopamine that says “remember what’re eating and where you have found it.
- We basically relay on a context-dependent memory.
- we learn to repeat the process next time (which is in this case: “see food > eat food > feel good’, representively “trigger > behavior > reward”).
brain and addiction
Years later, our creative brains relate feeling good to eating food; confusing this emotional signal of feeling sad with the hunger signal coming from our stomach to trigger us to eat.
- It’s not just about stress and overeating.
- It extends to shopping, romance and even anxiety.
- Anxiety can be represented in a situation where a person is caught up in a worry habit loop
- anxiety thought or emotion triggering worry thinking causing avoidance or over planning a certain work event.
Ekhart Tolle once said: “one of the greatest Addictions is the addiction to thinking”.