Not all addictions are related to drugs; however, these addictions are just as serious if left untreated. The results of any addiction can be life changing, even if the behavior itself is not physically devastating like drugs or alcohol may be.
All addicts can experience issues in or even loss of personal relationships, problems at work or job loss, serious financial issues and, in some cases, health problems that could become serious.
One of the most common, non-drug related addictions is smoking. Upon taking up smoking, an individual will become addicted to the nicotine provided by cigarettes and cigars. Smoking is an incredibly expensive habit that can also cause serious health issues, including emphysema, cancer and even death.
Addictions to Gambling
Gambling is another harmful addiction that hits in two places: family life and the bank account A gambling addict likely spends money his or her family does not know about, and will go to card games or casinos many times per week.
Many families have gone into financial ruin due to gambling addictions, or have been broken beyond repair.
Video Game Addictions
An addiction that is becoming more common is playing video games, because in today’s society, increasing numbers of people are turning to video games for entertainment. “Just one more time” can turn into hours and hours of playing.
This can affect the gamer’s life with friends and family, cost him or her a job and even lead to physical problems from remaining seated for too long, or even forgetting to eat and use the bathroom.
Addicted to The Virtual World
A related addiction is the internet. With social networking an an all-time high, millions of people are connecting online. If a few minutes surfing the Internet quickly turns into hours, and your meaningful relationships all seem to be with people met online, you could have serious problems with addictions.
Pornography and Sex Addictions
Sex or pornography addiction is another common problem. The pornography industry is bigger than ever online, making it easy fulfill fantasies with the click of a button.
Leading sex toy site Loveplugs.co estimates that over 60% of young people under the age of 25 actively seek out porn weekly and that by the year 2020, the sex toy industry is going to be worth over $30 billion.
When personal pleasure takes precedence, a person can end up seeking satisfaction with a number of others – even strangers. This can lead to problems in the home and runs a much higher possibility of getting a sexually transmitted disease.
Finally you have addictions that few want to admit to: work. Individuals who are too driven to succeed may find an eight hour day is not enough, and start taking time away from family and friends to try to get ahead.
While this starts out innocently enough, working addictions can form and take over a person’s entire life, costing him or her personal relationships.