6 Types of Addictions and their Symptoms

Addiction is a typical prevalence among the human population.

It is very rare to find someone who is not addicted to any form of addiction.

Addiction affects a person’s career, health, character, family, and society.

Many people cannot overcome these addictions and stay at the bottom of the growth ladder in their lives.

I wish to list below a set of common addictions prevalent, and they are merited based on their adverse impact on overall human well-being.

The addictions are both at the mental and physiological levels.

Mental addictions decide the career and success of a person, while physiological habits impact a person’s health and discipline.

Some of them destroy time, while others affect health and character.

List of different types of addictions

Psychological addictions

These are silent killer sorts. 

They are not openly visible, like smoking, drinking, etc.

But can be felt by those who have them or by those living close to them.

And interestingly, almost everyone in the world has one or other sort of psychological addiction. These include

a) Laziness

This is possibly a primary addiction that we neglect, as it is present in every human and animal living on the planet.

The extent of it varies, but it is a leading addiction that many of us don’t recognize.

It is the cause of many social problems like corruption, injustice, indiscipline, improper work, etc.

b) Procrastination (postpone)

This is the next killer man in terms of his progress in business, career growth, etc.

People with this habit tend to postpone every work for the next day or hour.

This addiction can’t be overcome if the person also has laziness within.

It is said that Bill Gates had this sort of habit and overcame it very fast to uplift his career.

Substance abuse

This is an addiction wherein a person takes something on a regular basis, though it is not needed. It is done for the mental thrill or sedation.

This habit is uncontrollable by the person and may deteriorate his health and well-being.

This habit affects the body’s homeostasis, and the mind is conditioned to habit-forming drugs.

Mind conditioning ones are, in general, sedatives, anxiolytics, opioids, heroin, and brown-sugar sort-off drugs.

This addiction can be problematic to individual, family, and social well-being.

However, the medical system and drug manufacturing companies survive on this addiction to a large extent.

Physical drug addiction is a condition wherein habituation is physical, i.e., the physiological imbalance occurs if the drug usage is stopped.

Ex: Usage of sedative like benzodiazepines for sleep.

Mental addiction can be curable by rehabilitation centers, proper counseling, etc.

Physiological drug addiction can’t be withdrawn so quickly. Sometimes, it can be life-threatening, especially in old age people.

1. Smoking addiction

This is the second most troublesome addiction wherein, though not a requirement; people get habituated to it.

It is harmful to the smoker and also to passive smokers around. The addiction drastically decreases the smoker’s life span by causing COPD, heart problems, hypertension, etc.

In women, the effects can be seen in pregnancy.


2. Alcohol addiction

Alcohol is required for daily consumption in cold countries, but it takes a habituation form that is very hard to get out of.

It can lead to irrational behavior and cause distress to individuals, families, and society around him.

Alcohol addiction is considered a chronic disease as the person will have disoriented behavior due to long-term consumption.

The ill effects of drinking lead to gastric ulcers, liver damage, deterioration of health, and life span.

An acute overdose it can lead to death.

3. Drug addiction

Here a person takes some drugs initially prescribed by a physician to continue the well-being or mental sedation and has trouble giving up.

4. Pornography and sex.

This is a common addiction, and people consider it a common or natural instinct of human flesh.

This can tremendously affect human relationships, health, career build-up, and the mental condition of those victimized by this habit.

5. Screen addiction (Internet & video games).

Many people are addicted to the internet and computers for games, chatting, etc.

There was an incident where a guy cut off his hands to escape internet addiction. Internet addiction has health problems due to prolonged sitting and eye strain.

Also, a waste of time is another issue.

6. Corruption

Though this seems surprising, those who are habituated to bribery or corrupt modes of making money or other benefits can rarely give up their addiction to corruption.

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