The Surprising Addictions: Do You Need Help?
Most people seeking help in inpatient and outpatient drug rehab facilities in Utah are addicted to substances – whether it’s cocaine or heroin. But are alcohol and drugs the only addictive things? Certainly not.
Here are six surprising addictions affecting millions of people across the world:
1. Plastic Surgery
Persons with a “body dysmorphic disorder” are obsessed with imaginary body defects. They constantly worry about those defects and can seek endless surgeries to fix the perceived shortcomings.
Exposure to UV light releases endorphins, which can lead to addiction. Studies have shown that frequent tanners usually exhibit symptoms of physical and psychological dependence. Addicted tanners are can risk sunburns, blisters and skin cancer for the relaxation and mood enhancement associated with tanning. They are unable to quit without help.
People addicted to exercise shows an extreme need for control. These extreme exercisers can wake up early in the morning to work out even when they may be ill or injured. Their lives revolve around their exercise.
Some people can’t stop having sex. They may also risk too much to have sex. They have a hypersexual disorder and their brain shows similar patterns to brains of people addicted to drugs and gambling.
Individuals with this addiction can’t stay away from their smartphones. They keep their gadgets with them all the time and keep checking them every other minute. They also keep ignoring friends at the dinner table to chat with people miles away.
6. Social Media
New studies show that 10% of social media users are addicted. Social media activity affects their brain in the same way cocaine would. Sharing their details on Facebook and Twitter also gives them a “high” that leaves them craving for more.
Addiction comes in different shapes. If you find yourself having trouble stopping any habit, the best thing is to acknowledge the problem and seek help. Remember, you can get hooked to anything that can alter your mood.