Alcohol and drug addiction information

Addiction comes in many forms, alcohol and drug addiction being the most well-known. Alcohol and drug addiction is defined as the loss of control over the use of a substance. There are other ways of acting out in addiction that can be just as harmful to the person suffering in active addiction. Gambling, sex addiction, food addiction and other addictive behaviors are the equivalent of drug and alcohol addiction to the person struggling with the loss of control and powerlessness over their addictive behavior.

Loss of family support, financial security, legal problems and the possibility of contracting sexual transmitted diseases resulting from promiscuity can be consequences of addictive behavior, and when they do occur are very real and devastating to the addict and their families.

Alcohol Addiction/Alcoholic

Alcoholism is characterized by compulsive and uncontrolled consumption of alcohol, binge drinking, blackouts and irresponsible behavior when under the influence. Missing work, school or important occasions, social withdrawal and isolation are all symptoms of alcohol addiction.

Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is the compulsive use of a chemical substance despite the negative effects, health risks, and financial risks, loss of financial and social standing, which may lead to an active engagement in criminal activities to support a drug habit. This may be followed by arrests and confinement in prison or institutions, loss of family and friends, social withdrawal and isolation. Commonly used drugs are heroin, cocaine, marijuana, crack cocaine, KAT, crystal methamphetamine or tik, prescription medication, GHB, ecstasy and LSD.

Sex addiction

The term “sexual addiction” is used to describe the behavior of a person who has an unusually intense sex drive or an obsession with sex. Sex and the thought of sex tend to dominate the sex addict’s thinking, making it difficult to work or engage in healthy personal relationships.

Sex addicts engage in distorted thinking, often rationalizing and justifying their behavior and blaming others for problems. They generally deny they have a problem and make excuses for their actions.
Sexual addiction is also associated with risk-taking. A person with a sex addiction engages in various forms of sexual activity, despite the potential for negative and/or dangerous consequences. In addition to damaging the addict’s relationships and interfering with his or her work and social life, a sexual addiction also puts the person at risk for emotional and physical injury.


Addictive Gambling is as destructive if not more so then any drug or alcohol addiction. Compulsive gamblers lie, steal and wreak havoc with their finances in order to get there “fix”. Unable to control themselves, they will gamble their life savings away and in the process, put tremendous strain on their relationships with friends and families. The next big win is always only one bet away and sadly never comes. There is no such thing as a big enough win for the addicted gambler to stop. Unfortunately this addiction does often not receive the attention it deserves and many gamblers may resort to suicide as the only way out of their addiction.

Food addiction

Food addiction is a contemporary term used to describe a pathological disorder; the compulsive, excessive craving for and consumption of food. This condition is not only manifested by the abnormal intake of food, but the intake and craving for foods that are, in themselves, harmful to the individual. While society and the medical profession have readily understood alcoholism and drug abuse, it is only in recent years that there is an equal acceptance of the fact that persons may be addicted to food in the same way. When any substance is taken into the body regardless of its potential for harm or in excess of need, that substance is said to be abused. Individuals who abuse substances in such a way are addicts; these persons become physiologically and mentally dependent upon certain substances, in this case food.