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Types of Addictions List

The following list of Types of Addictions is just a partial list.

Anything taken to an extreme can become an addiction. Addictive personalities can and will abuse almost anything or behavior.

My experience divided addictions into three categories:

  1. Chemicals or substances produced outside the body and ingested to achieve a change of some sort.
  2. Chemicals produced by the body itself as a result of a behavior or participating in an activity.
  3. Chemicals, substances or activities taken or undertaken to allow another addiction to continue.

Note: This list of addictions is provided as a reference for multiple addicts to allow them to more quickly realize the full extent of their dependencies.

Not all addicts will be addicted to the same things, many blends, combinations and permutations will exist simultaneously with the multiple addict.

Blame and Denial are present in some form in all addictions. The beginning of recovery starts with seeing that "I" can do something to start to change. This is called a moment of clarity and does not happen often so take advantage of it when it occurs.

As well, all addictions usually start with a positive result but end up becoming a commitment in themselves.

Often an addiction is related to another addiction as in the example of a compulsive eater or food addict  being enabled  to overeat by using  meds that counteract acid reflux. A secondary dependence on the acid reflux medications  develops. Or in an even simpler case of taking an aspirin  to relieve a stress headache rather than deal with the stress…

All addictions block positive energy flow in the body. So it stands to reason that recovery from any addiction benefits from increasing energy flows. Exercise can help. Playing a musical instrument can help, sauna therapy with cold showers is excellent at changing energy flows.

Got any more energy changers? Feel free to post them in the comments at bottom of this loooong page ,

 

Types of Addictions

 

A…

Alcohol Addiction

A common addiction which seems acceptable in social situations but is very progressive. Also a sugar addiction as alcohol and sugar are similar in chemical makeup and synthesize in the body in similar ways.

Alcohol is a depressant type drug which leads to very complicated  and repetitive depressions.

According to an article published in the American Journal of Public Health:  Excessive alcohol use causes an average of 80,000 deaths annually in US alone and an estimated $200 Billion a year in costs. Binge drinking accounted for more than half of those deaths.

Alcohol is also linked to many other fatal and disability causing Diseases and Cancers.

Approval

Common with folks who grew up in dysfunctional environments

Aspirin  and other OTC Medications

Aspirin is usually acceptable for small pains and fevers and taken in small dosages for heart health. As with everything excesses of any over the counter medications are not good and root causes need to be addressed at some point.

Often an addiction is related to another addiction as in the example of a compulsive eater or food addict  being enabled  to overeat by using  meds that counteract acid reflux. A secondary dependence on the acid reflux medications  develops. Or in an even simpler case of taking an aspirin  to relieve a stress headache rather than deal with the stress…

Aerosol Sniffing or Abusing

The effects of inhalants range from an alcohol-like intoxication and intense euphoria to vivid hallucinations, depending on the substance and the dose. Some inhalant users are injured due to the harmful effects of the solvents or gases or due to other chemicals used in the products that they are inhaling. As with any recreational drug, users can be injured due to dangerous behavior while they are intoxicated, such as driving under the influence. In some cases, users have died from hypoxia (lack of oxygen), pneumonia, cardiac failure or arrest,  or aspiration of vomit. Brain damage is typically seen with chronic long-term use as opposed to short-term exposure.

Even though many inhalants are legal, there have been legal actions taken in some jurisdictions to limit access by minors. With solvent glue, normally a legal product, there is a Scottish case where a court has ruled that supplying glue to children is illegal if the store knows the children intend to abuse the glue. In the US, thirty-eight of 50 states have enacted laws making various inhalants unavailable to those under the age of 18, or making inhalant use illegal.

Action

Any activity that is risky and produces adrenalin, extreme sports, gambling, sex, crime to name a few.

The body self produces these ‘fight or flight’ drugs.

This addiction Is progressive needing greater risks to achieve the same feeling.

Pure adrenalin is in its highest form when life or reputation is threatened. It is extremely addictive in that higher risks must be taken to achieve the same high.

This is a very difficult cycle to interrupt as incidents or accidents also produce life threatening experiences which keep the addiction going.

Adrenalin

The body self produces this ‘fight or flight’ drug, which Is progressive needing greater risks to achieve the same feeling.

Pure adrenalin is in its highest form occurs when life or reputation is threatened. Addictive in that higher risks must be taken to achieve the same high.

Very difficult cycle to interrupt as accidents or incidents also produce life threatening experiences which keep the addiction going.

Amphetamines

Illegal Street drugs produce various highs as well as adrenalin highs associated with illegal activities. Widely available as it is produced locally with ordinary chemicals.

Prescription drugs for depression related disorders often medicate symptoms when the root causes may be simple sugar and caffeine addictions.

Many over the counter drugs contain large amounts of sugar as well which add to depressions and manic behaviors

Some medical drugs are helpful of course.

Antidepressants

Addiction to prescribed medications is quite common mainly because a series of educated professionals have been involved in the process of this addiction, it is quite hard to stop.

Often depressions initially occur as a result of caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and/or sugar addictions. These root addictions need to be addressed to achieve good recovery.

Antidepressants generally are designed to trigger the release of a self-produced hormonal drug called serotonin which is the feel good drug produced by the body. The addiction to the Antidepressant is actually an addiction to the self-produced drug serotonin. Good recovery will include ways to naturally trigger the serotonin. One way of doing this is included in the 12 step way of recovery – particularly in the 12th step – by doing random acts of kindness.

 Anime

Anime became the latest trend for all teenagers and it has a good story line that makes the students interested. Cool animations, which give vibrant colors that tickles the eyes every time they watched an episode. Peer pressure also influences a person to watch anime, certain episodes have been suggested to be affiliated with some tragic school incidents in the US.

It is boredom buster, similar to  a condition studied in television studies where the subject has a compulsion to watch television programming. The compulsion can be extremely difficult to control in many cases. It has many parallels to other forms of behavioral addiction, such as addiction to drugs or gambling, which create an altered mental state in the subject. It can occur at any age.

Applause

The body self produces this ‘fight or flight’ drug called adrenalin. Is progressive needing greater achievements or risks to achieve the same feeling.

Pure adrenalin in its highest form when life or reputation is threatened. Addictive in that higher risks must be taken to achieve the same high.

Very difficult cycle to interrupt as accidents also produce life threatening experiences which keep the addiction going.

Art

Getting high to produce better art is common. Also the lifestyle of an impoverished artist  can be addictive. Also – Collecting art one can not afford may create adrenalin like compulsive shopping or gambling.

Arson

The body self produces this ‘fight or flight’ drug called adrenalin. Is progressive needing greater risks to achieve the same feeling.

Pure adrenalin is in its highest form when life or reputation is threatened. Addictive in that greater risks must be taken to achieve the same high. Very difficult cycle to interrupt as punishments also produce life threatening experiences which keep the addiction going.

Asthma

A condition that is often worsened by the addiction to the rescue medication.

Adrenalin is produced when the asthmatic fights for the next breath to the point where life threatening experiences become regular and no longer cause the body to produce the required adrenalin.

Many asthma symptoms can be eliminated by diet, environment or stress reduction but in many cases the medications allow the asthmatic to stay in a lifestyle that propagates the symptoms.

Often an addiction is related to another addiction as in the example of a compulsive eater or food addict  being enabled  to overeat by using  meds that counteract acid reflux. A secondary dependence on the acid reflux medications  develops. Or in an even simpler case of taking an aspirin  to relieve a stress headache rather than deal with the stress…

Attention

The body self produces this ‘fight or flight’ drugs. Is progressive needing greater risks to achieve the same feeling.

Pure adrenalin in its highest form when life or reputation is threatened. Addictive in that higher risks must be taken to achieve the same high.

Very difficult cycle to interrupt as accidents also produce life threatening experiences which keep the addiction going.

Authority

The body self produces this ‘fight or flight’ drug adrenalin. Is progressive needing greater risks to achieve the same feeling.

Pure adrenalin in its highest form when life or reputation is threatened. Addictive in that higher achievements or risks must be taken to achieve the same high.

Very difficult cycle to interrupt as accidents also produce life threatening experiences which keep the addiction going.

Auto Racing and High Risk Sports

The body self produces this ‘fight or flight’ drug adrenalin. Is progressive needing greater risks to achieve the same feeling.

Pure adrenalin in its highest form when life or reputation is threatened. Addictive in that higher achievements or risks must be taken to achieve the same high.

Very difficult cycle to interrupt as accidents also produce life threatening experiences which keep the addiction going.


B…  

Types of Addictions beginning with B

 

Bulimia

Purging excess calories from a binge by vomiting or over exercising. The actual addiction is to the eating part.. often sugar addiction

Barbiturates

A common drug addiction to a type of drug that is used as a anesthetic.

Betting

Gamblers get a high from the adrenalin produced by their bodies while in action. The larger the risk the greater the amount of adrenalin

The body self produces this ‘fight or flight’ drugs. Is progressive needing greater risks to achieve the same feeling.

Pure adrenalin in its highest form occurs when life or reputation is threatened. Addictive in that higher risks must be taken to achieve the same high.

Very difficult cycle to interrupt as losses also produce life threatening experiences which keep the addiction going.

Beastiality

Sex with animals to produce adrenalin and endorphins present in sex situations. Carries a great deal of guilt and shame in today’s religious society.  Guilt and shame also produces addictive adrenalin directly in the body.

Body Building

Adrenalin and endorphins produced

Addictive and progressive in that more exertion must be accomplished to achieve the same high.


C…  

Types of Addictions beginning with C

Caffeine

Produces a high when coffee, tea, soft drinks or chocolate are consumed. Usually socially acceptable but it is progressive and the body requires more drug to get same feeling over time. Usually combined with sugar for an even greater high. Like any high the resulting lows are present and cause severe depressions and mood swings when use is curtailed.

Cannabis

As someone who can get addicted to deep-fried doughnut holes, I don’t wish to get into the question as to whether marijuana is addictive or not – having said that – there is a close connection between the targets of THC and the addictive properties of many other drugs, in that they act on the same pleasure centers as opium type drugs.

Carbohydrates

Much like alcohol, a high intake of carbohydrates, including sugar, releases a feel good chemical in the brain called serotonin. indulging in a high sugar meal or treat yield an almost euphoric state.

The high of a sugar rush is temporary. After a few hours, or minutes a crash occurs and you become tired, fatigued and lethargic.

Sugar and carbohydrates also starts a craving for more sugar and leads to many serious illnesses and medical conditions.

Chaos

An adrenalin addiction caused by living in chaos. Codependents will often force crisis to get another supply of adrenalin. Codependents often hide their more socially acceptable addictions behind another persons addictions. All addicts are co dependents as well

Chocolate

Produces a high when coffee, tea, soft drinks or chocolate are consumed. Usually socially acceptable but it is progressive and the body requires more drug to get same feeling over time. Usually combined with sugar for an even greater high. Like any high the resulting lows are present and cause severe depressions and mood swings when use is curtailed.

Colas

Many soft drinks contain large amounts of addictive sugar, sweeteners and caffeine which create mood swings and may be diagnosed as polar or other manic behavioral disorders.

Sugar assimilates in the body the same way alcohol does and is a strong depressant. Symptoms of sugar addiction are often heavy depressions and manic behavior.

Codependency

An adrenalin addiction caused by living in chaos. Codependents will often force crisis to get another supply of adrenalin. Codependents often hide their more socially acceptable addictions behind another persons addictions. All addicts are co dependents as well

Cocaine and Crack Cocaine

A common powerful and illegal street drug. High is produced from the drug and as well the illegal activity produces adrenalin

Illegal Street drugs produce various highs as well as adrenalin highs associated with illegal activities

Prescription drugs for depression related disorders often medicate symptoms when the root causes may be simple sugar and caffeine addictions

Many over the counter drugs contain large amounts of sugar as well which add to depressions and manic behaviors

Some medical drugs are helpful of course.

Coffee

Produces a caffeine high when consumed Usually socially acceptable but it is progressive and the body requires more drug to get same feeling over time. Usually combined with sugar for an even greater high

Like any high the resulting lows are present and cause severe depressions and mood swings

Depressions associated with coffee addictions are often misdiagnosed and simply add heavy medications to the addicts life.

Withdrawal from caffeine is about four days of flu-like symptoms which is relatively short if cut out completely, compared to years of taking antidepressants

Collecting Coins and other Valuables

Usually a nice hobby but any hobby can become a compulsion in the hands of a multiple addict. Expensive and can produce a gamblers adrenalin high by overestimating the value of finds

Adrenalin is addictive and progressive so greater finds must be made.

Crime

The body self produces this ‘fight or flight’ drugs.

Is progressive needing greater risks to achieve the same feeling.

Pure adrenalin in its highest form when life or reputation is threatened. Addictive in that higher risks must be taken to achieve the same high. Very difficult cycle to interrupt as punishments also produce life threatening experiences which keep the addiction going.

 

 


D…

Types of Addictions beginning with D

Drama

Some people are just addicted to chaos – adrenalin

Drugs

Illegal Street drugs produce various highs as well as adrenalin highs associated with illegal activities

Prescription drugs for depression related disorders often medicate symptoms when the root causes may be simple sugar and caffeine addictions

Many over the counter drugs contain large amounts of sugar as well which add to depressions and manic behaviors

Some medical drugs are helpful of course.

Drunk Driving

The body self produces this ‘fight or flight’ drugs. Is progressive needing greater risks to achieve the same feeling.

Pure adrenalin in its highest form when life or reputation is threatened. Addictive in that higher risks must be taken to achieve the same high. Very difficult cycle to interrupt as punishments also produce life threatening experiences which keep the addiction going.

Diuretics

Eating disorder associated addiction. Produces adrenalin which gives a feeling of power over ones self


E…


Types of Addictions beginning with E

Ego

You name it!

Energy Drinks

Exercising (excessive)

Adrenalin and endorphins produced

Addictive and progressive in that more exertion must be accomplished to achieve the same high.

Endorphins

A healthy drug produced in the body and brain

Unhealthy sex, porn, crime, gambling and exercise addictions are symptoms of this basic drug addiction


F…

Types of Addictions beginning with F

Fantasizing (excessive)

as opposed to dreaming, adrenalin addiction caused by self-created adrenalin induced by the fear or fantasy

Feelings

Carrying old hurt feelings along can be a huge addiction, especially since new feelings are available at any time

Food

Usually associated with the results of cravings caused by sugar addiction. Artificial sweeteners are appetite enhancers and cause huge cravings. Excessive food can act as a dull feelings

Fetishes

adrenalin addiction caused by self-created adrenalin induced by the fear or fantasy

Fame

The body self produces this ‘fight or flight’ drugs. Is progressive needing greater risks to achieve the same feeling.

Pure adrenalin in its highest form when life or reputation is threatened. Addictive in that higher risks must be taken to achieve the same high. Very difficult cycle to interrupt as punishments also produce life threatening experiences which keep the addiction going.


G…

Types of  Addictions beginning with G

 

Gambling

Gamblers get a high from the adrenalin produced by their bodies while in action.

The larger the risk the greater the amount of adrenalin


 

H…

Types of Addictions beginning with H

 

Hashish and Derivatives

As someone who can get addicted to deep-fried doughnut holes, I don’t wish to get into the question as to whether marijuana is addictive or not – having said that – there is a close connection between the targets of THC and the addictive properties of many other drugs, in that they act on the same pleasure centers

Heroin and Opiates

Illegal Street drugs produce various highs as well as adrenalin highs associated with illegal activities

Prescription drugs for depression related disorders often medicate symptoms when the root causes may be simple sugar and caffeine addictions

Many over the counter drugs contain large amounts of sugar as well which add to depressions and manic behaviors

Some medical drugs are helpful of course.

Hoarding

 Can produce a gamblers adrenalin high by overestimating the value of finds.

When clinically significant enough to impair functioning, hoarding can prevent typical uses of space, enough so that it can limit activities such as cooking, cleaning, moving through the house, and sleeping. It could also potentially put the individual and others at risk of causing fires, falling, poor sanitation, and other health concerns. Compulsive hoarders may be conscious of their irrational behavior but the emotional attachment to the hoarded objects far exceeds the motive to discard the items.

Husbands (relationships)

In abusive or negative forms sex can be an adrenalin addiction caused by receiving large amounts of self-produced adrenalin.

Adrenalin addiction is a progressive addiction where exciting events become usual and greater excitement must be reached to produce the same high.

This is dangerous when sex acts are used to produce the adrenalin as abusive situations may occur

Sexuality is often confusing and care must be taken to not block sexual energy, which is necessary to achieve a positive energy flow through the body.


 

I…

Types of Addictions beginning with I

 

Isolation

Television addiction is a condition studied in television studies where the subject has a compulsion to watch television programming. The compulsion can be extremely difficult to control in many cases. It has many parallels to other forms of behavioral addiction, such as addiction to drugs or gambling, which create an altered mental state in the subject. It can occur at any age.

Imagination

A good characteristic in most cases, but a luxury for an early recovering addict … and a self-destructive minefield for a practicing addict.

Living in “your head” is common among all addicts

One statistic is that addicts do approximately 80,000 words of self talk per day – so this addicted ‘ head ‘ is a very busy place

One saying in 12 step programs is that the head is like ‘a dangerous neighborhood, do not go there alone’

The lack of reliable structure in today’s daily life leaves a lot of room for imaginative research

Internet

Many addictions are available on the internet. Sex, Porn, gambling, relationships to name a few. Most porn and gambling activities produce adrenalin which is highly addictive.

 


 J…

Types of Addictions beginning with J

 

Joking about serious matters

Hiding behind humor is usually a codependent family behavior

Job (workaholism)

An addiction to the controllable living space afforded by work

Provides the endorphins associated with being appreciated

Junk Collecting

Expensive and can produce a gamblers adrenalin high by overestimating the value of finds.

When clinically significant enough to impair functioning, hoarding can prevent typical uses of space, enough so that it can limit activities such as cooking, cleaning, moving through the house, and sleeping. It could also potentially put the individual and others at risk of causing fires, falling, poor sanitation, and other health concerns. Compulsive hoarders may be conscious of their irrational behavior but the emotional attachment to the hoarded objects far exceeds the motive to discard the items.


 

K

Types of Addictions beginning with K

Kinky sex

The body self produces this ‘fight or flight’ drugs. Is progressive needing greater risks to achieve the same feeling.

Pure adrenalin in its highest form when life or reputation is threatened. Addictive in that higher risks must be taken to achieve the same high. Very difficult cycle to interrupt as punishments also produce life threatening experiences which keep the addiction going.

Kleptomania

A form of adrenalin addiction where a high is produced by the illegal act of theft.


 

L…

Addictions beginning with L

 

Lust

In abusive or negative forms sex can be an adrenalin addiction caused by receiving large amounts of self-produced adrenalin.

Adrenalin addiction is a progressive addiction where exciting events become usual and greater excitement must be reached to produce the same high.

This is dangerous when sex acts are used to produce the adrenalin as abusive situations may occur

Sexuality is often confusing and care must be taken to not block sexual energy, which is necessary to achieve a positive energy flow through the body.

Laziness

Television addiction is a condition studied in television studies where the subject has a compulsion to watch television programming. The compulsion can be extremely difficult to control in many cases. It has many parallels to other forms of behavioral addiction, such as addiction to drugs or gambling, which create an altered mental state in the subject. It can occur at any age.

Love

In abusive or negative forms sex can be an adrenalin addiction caused by receiving large amounts of self-produced adrenalin.

Adrenalin addiction is a progressive addiction where exciting events become usual and greater excitement must be reached to produce the same high.

This is dangerous when sex acts are used to produce the adrenalin as abusive situations may occur

Sexuality is often confusing and care must be taken to not block sexual energy, which is necessary to achieve a positive energy flow through the body.

Lacquer thinners

The effects of inhalants range from an alcohol-like intoxication and intense euphoria to vivid hallucinations, depending on the substance and the dose. Some inhalant users are injured due to the harmful effects of the solvents or gases or due to other chemicals used in the products that they are inhaling. As with any recreational drug, users can be injured due to dangerous behavior while they are intoxicated, such as driving under the influence. In some cases, users have died from hypoxia (lack of oxygen), pneumonia, cardiac failure or arrest,  or aspiration of vomit. Brain damage is typically seen with chronic long-term use as opposed to short-term exposure.

Even though many inhalants are legal, there have been legal actions taken in some jurisdictions to limit access by minors. With solvent glue, normally a legal product, there is a Scottish case where a court has ruled that supplying glue to children is illegal if the store knows the children intend to abuse the glue. In the US, thirty-eight of 50 states have enacted laws making various inhalants unavailable to those under the age of 18, or making inhalant use illegal.

Liquor

A common addiction which seems acceptable in social situations but is very progressive. Also a sugar addiction as alcohol and sugar are similar in chemical makeup and synthesize in the body in similar ways.

A depressant type drug which leads to very complicated  and repetitive depressions.

According to an article published in the American Journal of Public Health:  Excessive alcohol use causes an average of 80,000 deaths annually in US alone and an estimated $200 billion a year in costs. Binge drinking accounted for more than half of those deaths.

Alcohol is also linked to many other fatal and disability causing diseases and cancers.


M…

Types of Addictions beginning with M

 

Marijuana

As someone who can get addicted to deep-fried doughnut holes, I don’t wish to get into the question as to whether marijuana is addictive or not – having said that – there is a close connection between the targets of THC and the addictive properties of many other drugs, in that they act on the same pleasure centers

Street drugs produce various highs as well as adrenalin highs associated with questionable activities

Prescription drugs for depression related disorders often medicate symptoms when the root causes may be simple sugar and caffeine addictions

Many over the counter drugs contain large amounts of sugar as well which add to depressions and manic behaviors

Some medical drugs are helpful of course.

Masturbation

In abusive or negative forms sex can be an adrenalin addiction caused by receiving large amounts of self-produced adrenalin.

Adrenalin addiction is a progressive addiction where exciting events become usual and greater excitement must be reached to produce the same high.

This is dangerous when sex acts are used to produce the adrenalin as abusive situations may occur

Sexuality is often confusing and care must be taken to not block sexual energy, which is necessary to achieve a positive energy flow through the body.

Masochism

In abusive or negative forms sex can be an adrenalin addiction caused by receiving large amounts of self-produced adrenalin.

Adrenalin addiction is a progressive addiction where exciting events become usual and greater excitement must be reached to produce the same high.

This is dangerous when sex acts are used to produce the adrenalin as abusive situations may occur

Sexuality is often confusing and care must be taken to not block sexual energy, which is necessary to achieve a positive energy flow through the body.

Meetings

(as in hiding in meeting)

Men

In abusive or negative forms sex can be an adrenalin addiction caused by receiving large amounts of self-produced adrenalin.

Adrenalin addiction is a progressive addiction where exciting events become usual and greater excitement must be reached to produce the same high.

This is dangerous when sex acts are used to produce the adrenalin as abusive situations may occur

Sexuality is often confusing and care must be taken to not block sexual energy, which is necessary to achieve a positive energy flow through the body.

Misery

Marriage

In abusive or negative forms sex can be an adrenalin addiction caused by receiving large amounts of self-produced adrenalin.

Adrenalin addiction is a progressive addiction where exciting events become usual and greater excitement must be reached to produce the same high.

This is dangerous when sex acts are used to produce the adrenalin as abusive situations may occur

Sexuality is often confusing and care must be taken to not block sexual energy, which is necessary to achieve a positive energy flow through the body.

Muscle Relaxants

Illegal Street drugs produce various highs as well as adrenalin highs associated with illegal activities

Prescription drugs for depression related disorders often medicate symptoms when the root causes may be simple sugar and caffeine addictions

Many over the counter drugs contain large amounts of sugar as well which add to depressions and manic behaviors

Some medical drugs are helpful of course.

MSG

The food industry can use low quality foods and add MSG as a flavor enhancer to mask the cheapness. This flavoring agent may also interfere with appetite suppression and cause you to feel hungry even after you’ve eaten a large amount of food, which may explain why you can finish all five à la carte items from that Chinese take-out in a single night! This constant hungry feeling is a good reason to avoid MSG all together. To be sure you are not ingesting MSG, make your own meals at home from scratch and add your favorite natural spices like fresh or dried herbs and spices, sea salt, garlic, and ginger.


N…

Types of Addictions beginning with N

 

Narcotics

Illegal Street drugs produce various highs as well as adrenalin highs associated with illegal activities

Prescription drugs for depression related disorders often medicate symptoms when the root causes may be simple sugar and caffeine addictions

Many over the counter drugs contain large amounts of sugar as well which add to depressions and manic behaviors

Some medical drugs are helpful of course.

Nicotine

Illegal Street drugs produce various highs as well as adrenalin highs associated with illegal activities

Prescription drugs for depression related disorders often medicate symptoms when the root causes may be simple sugar and caffeine addictions

Many over the counter drugs contain large amounts of sugar as well which add to depressions and manic behaviors

Some medical drugs are helpful of course.

 


O…

Types of Addictions beginning with O

Occult

Over achieving

Chances are you are so good at getting gold stars that you don’t even realize this. But ask yourself, how does it feel after receiving praise, an award, or recognition? If it feels short-lived and unsatisfying, you might be outsourcing your confidence.

Over eating

Usually affiliated with sugar addiction

Over working

Over anything can become an addiction

Over the Counter Medications

Addiction or dependence upon non prescribed medications.

Commonly, though not always, is within the mood modifying drug family.

Giving up the long dependencies on prescribed drugs is best done with the help of medical professionals and sometimes requires a detoxification facility to ease unpredictable withdrawal symptoms


P…

Types of Addictions beginning with P

Prayer (without action)

 

Pleasure

In abusive or negative forms sex can be an adrenalin addiction caused by receiving large amounts of self-produced adrenalin.

Adrenalin addiction is a progressive addiction where exciting events become usual and greater excitement must be reached to produce the same high.

This is dangerous when sex acts are used to produce the adrenalin as abusive situations may occur

Sexuality is often confusing and care must be taken to not block sexual energy, which is necessary to achieve a positive energy flow through the body.

Phobia’s

Blocked energy due to overwhelmed or unidentifiable feelings which produce ‘fight or flight’ adrenalin within the body.

Sometimes caused by unresolved grief

Abusive situations may also be a phobia breeding ground as family or others who should be trusted are not trustworthy leaving gaps in an individuals structure system.

Prescription Drugs

Addiction or dependence upon prescribed medications.

Commonly, though not always, is within the mood modifying drug family.

Giving up the long dependencies on prescribed drugs is best done with the help of medical professionals and sometimes requires a detoxification facility to ease unpredictable withdrawal symptoms

Pornography

In abusive or negative forms sex can be an adrenalin addiction caused by receiving large amounts of self-produced adrenalin.

Adrenalin addiction is a progressive addiction where exciting events become usual and greater excitement must be reached to produce the same high.

This is dangerous when sex acts are used to produce the adrenalin as abusive situations may occur

Sexuality is often confusing and care must be taken to not block sexual energy, which is necessary to achieve a positive energy flow through the body.

People Pleasing

Blocked energy due to overwhelmed or unidentifiable feelings which produce ‘fight or flight’ adrenalin within the body.

Sometimes caused by unresolved grief

Abusive situations may also be a phobia breeding ground as family or others who should be trusted are not trustworthy leaving gaps in an individuals structure system.

Perfectionism

Blocked energy due to overwhelmed or unidentifiable feelings which produce ‘fight or flight’ adrenalin within the body.

Sometimes caused by unresolved grief

Abusive situations may also be a phobia breeding ground as family or others who should be trusted are not trustworthy leaving gaps in an individuals structure system.

Pain Killers

Addiction or dependence upon prescribed medications.

Commonly, though not always, is within the mood modifying drug family.

Giving up the long dependencies on prescribed drugs is best done with the help of medical professionals and sometimes requires a detoxification facility to ease unpredictable withdrawal symptoms


Q…

Types of Addictions beginning with Q

 

Quintessential Behavior

perfectionism

Blocked energy due to overwhelmed or unidentifiable feelings which produce ‘fight or flight’ adrenalin within the body.

Sometimes caused by unresolved grief

Abusive situations may also be a phobia breeding ground as family or others who should be trusted are not trustworthy leaving gaps in an individuals structure system.

 


 

R…

Types of Addictions beginning with R

 

Religion

It is wise to examine ones attitudes in all areas.

Blocked energy due to overwhelmed or unidentifiable feelings which produce ‘fight or flight’ adrenalin within the body.

Sometimes caused by unresolved grief

Abusive situations may also be a phobia breeding ground as family or others who should be trusted are not trustworthy leaving gaps in an individuals structure system.

Relationships

In abusive or negative forms sex can be an adrenalin addiction caused by receiving large amounts of self-produced adrenalin.

Adrenalin addiction is a progressive addiction where exciting events become usual and greater excitement must be reached to produce the same high.

This is dangerous when sex acts are used to produce the adrenalin as abusive situations may occur

Sexuality is often confusing and care must be taken to not block sexual energy, which is necessary to achieve a positive energy flow through the body.

Racetrack betting and action

Sports or work related high risk ventures

Adrenalin addiction caused by receiving large doses of self-produced adrenalin

Risky behaviors

Sports or work related high risk ventures

Adrenalin addiction caused by receiving large doses of self-produced adrenalin


 

 S…

Types of Addictions beginning with S

 

Sedatives

Addiction or dependence upon prescribed medications.

Commonly, though not always, is within the mood modifying drug family.

Giving up the long dependencies on prescribed drugs is best done with the help of medical professionals and sometimes requires a detoxification facility to ease unpredictable withdrawal symptoms

Sex Addiction

In abusive or negative forms sex can be an adrenalin addiction caused by receiving large amounts of self-produced adrenalin.

Adrenalin addiction is a progressive addiction where exciting events become usual and greater excitement must be reached to produce the same high.

This is dangerous when sex acts are used to produce the adrenalin as abusive situations may occur

Sexuality is often confusing and care must be taken to not block sexual energy, which is necessary to achieve a positive energy flow through the body.

Sexting

In abusive or negative forms sex can be an adrenalin addiction caused by receiving large amounts of self-produced adrenalin.

Adrenalin addiction is a progressive addiction where exciting events become usual and greater excitement must be reached to produce the same high.

This is dangerous when sex acts are used to produce the adrenalin as abusive situations may occur

Sexuality is often confusing and care must be taken to not block sexual energy, which is necessary to achieve a positive energy flow through the body.

Sadism

Adrenalin addiction caused receiving self-produced adrenalin in a slave /master situation

Common in codependent relationships

Satanism

Adrenalin addiction caused by receiving large doses of self-produced adrenalin leading up to and during highly charged rituals or ceremonies

In extreme cases where sacrificial ceremonies occur the adrenalin is increased by ingesting still more highly concentrated adrenalin found in blood of freshly sacrificed animal.

The combined high is often thought to be spiritual when it is actually double dosing on adrenalin

Smoking

Addiction to nicotine and other addictive substances present in tobacco, marijuana, cocaine, opium and other sources

The smoked substances also sometimes include other hidden addictive substances to make them an even larger rush and a more marketable product.

Shopping

Blocked energy due to overwhelmed or unidentifiable feelings which produce ‘fight or flight’ adrenalin within the body.

Sometimes caused by unresolved grief

Abusive situations may also be a phobia breeding ground as family or others who should be trusted are not trustworthy leaving gaps in an individuals structure system.

Serotonin

the self-produced drug of choice for manic  depression and bipolar folks

SELF – ego

Blocked energy due to overwhelmed or unidentifiable feelings which produce ‘fight or flight’ adrenalin within the body.

Sometimes caused by unresolved grief

Abusive situations may also be a phobia breeding ground as family or others who should be trusted are not trustworthy leaving gaps in an individuals structure system.

Self Help Books

Blocked energy due to overwhelmed or unidentifiable feelings which produce ‘fight or flight’ adrenalin within the body.

Sometimes caused by unresolved grief

Abusive situations may also be a phobia breeding ground as family or others who should be trusted are not trustworthy leaving gaps in an individuals structure system.

Self Mutilation

In abusive or negative forms sex can be an adrenalin addiction caused by receiving large amounts of self-produced adrenalin.

Adrenalin addiction is a progressive addiction where exciting events become usual and greater excitement must be reached to produce the same high.

This is dangerous when sex acts are used to produce the adrenalin as abusive situations may occur

Sexuality is often confusing and care must be taken to not block sexual energy, which is necessary to achieve a positive energy flow through the body.

Spotlights (see fame)

Blocked energy due to overwhelmed or unidentifiable feelings which produce ‘fight or flight’ adrenalin within the body.

Sometimes caused by unresolved grief

Abusive situations may also be a phobia breeding ground as family or others who should be trusted are not trustworthy leaving gaps in an individuals structure system.

Solvents

The effects of inhalants range from an alcohol-like intoxication and intense euphoria to vivid hallucinations, depending on the substance and the dose. Some inhalant users are injured due to the harmful effects of the solvents or gases or due to other chemicals used in the products that they are inhaling. As with any recreational drug, users can be injured due to dangerous behavior while they are intoxicated, such as driving under the influence. In some cases, users have died from hypoxia (lack of oxygen), pneumonia, cardiac failure or arrest,  or aspiration of vomit. Brain damage is typically seen with chronic long-term use as opposed to short-term exposure.

Even though many inhalants are legal, there have been legal actions taken in some jurisdictions to limit access by minors. With solvent glue, normally a legal product, there is a Scottish case where a court has ruled that supplying glue to children is illegal if the store knows the children intend to abuse the glue. In the US, thirty-eight of 50 states have enacted laws making various inhalants unavailable to those under the age of 18, or making inhalant use illegal.

Sleeping

 

Sleeping Pills

Addiction or dependence upon prescribed medications.

Commonly, though not always, is within the mood modifying drug family.

Giving up the long dependencies on prescribed drugs is best done with the help of medical professionals and sometimes requires a detoxification facility to ease unpredictable withdrawal symptoms

Shock Treatments

The body self produces this ‘fight or flight’ drugs. Is progressive needing greater risks to achieve the same feeling.

Pure adrenalin in its highest form when life or reputation is threatened. Addictive in that higher risks must be taken to achieve the same high. Very difficult cycle to interrupt as punishments also produce life threatening experiences which keep the addiction going.

Speed

The body self produces this ‘fight or flight’ drugs. Is progressive needing greater risks to achieve the same feeling.

Pure adrenalin in its highest form when life or reputation is threatened. Addictive in that higher risks must be taken to achieve the same high. Very difficult cycle to interrupt as punishments also produce life threatening experiences which keep the addiction going.

Spousal or Child Abuse

Batterer’s Syndrome

The body self produces this ‘fight or flight’ drugs. Is progressive needing greater risks to achieve the same feeling.

Pure adrenalin in its highest form when life or reputation is threatened. Addictive in that higher risks must be taken to achieve the same high. Very difficult cycle to interrupt as punishments also produce life threatening experiences which keep the addiction going.

Steroids

Addiction or dependence upon prescribed medications.

Commonly, though not always, is within the mood modifying drug family.

Giving up the long dependencies on prescribed drugs is best done with the help of medical professionals and sometimes requires a detoxification facility to ease unpredictable withdrawal symptoms

Sugar

Much like alcohol, a high intake of carbohydrates, including sugar, releases a feel good chemical in the brain called serotonin. indulging in a high sugar meal or treat yield an almost euphoric state.

The high of a sugar rush is temporary. After a few hours, or minutes a crash occurs and you become tired, fatigued and lethargic.

Sugar also starts a craving for more sugar and leads to many serious illnesses and medical conditions.


 

T…

Types of Addictions beginning with T

 

Torturing

emotionally or physically – Power addiction

In abusive or negative forms sex can be an adrenalin addiction caused by receiving large amounts of self-produced adrenalin.

Adrenalin addiction is a progressive addiction where exciting events become usual and greater excitement must be reached to produce the same high.

This is dangerous when sex acts are used to produce the adrenalin as abusive situations may occur

Sexuality is often confusing and care must be taken to not block sexual energy, which is necessary to achieve a positive energy flow through the body.

Television

Television addiction is a condition studied in television studies where the subject has a compulsion to watch television programming. The compulsion can be extremely difficult to control in many cases. It has many parallels to other forms of behavioral addiction, such as addiction to drugs or gambling, which create an altered mental state in the subject. It can occur at any age.

Texting while Driving

The body self produces this ‘fight or flight’ drugs. Is progressive needing greater risks to achieve the same feeling.

Pure adrenalin in its highest form when life or reputation is threatened. Addictive in that higher risks must be taken to achieve the same high. Very difficult cycle to interrupt as punishments also produce life threatening experiences which keep the addiction going.

Therapy

Codependent with therapist as opposed to getting on with life. Effective therapy has specific goals and reporting qualities where progress  can be ascertained.

Thinners

The effects of inhalants range from an alcohol-like intoxication and intense euphoria to vivid hallucinations, depending on the substance and the dose. Some inhalant users are injured due to the harmful effects of the solvents or gases or due to other chemicals used in the products that they are inhaling. As with any recreational drug, users can be injured due to dangerous behavior while they are intoxicated, such as driving under the influence. In some cases, users have died from hypoxia (lack of oxygen), pneumonia, cardiac failure or arrest,  or aspiration of vomit. Brain damage is typically seen with chronic long-term use as opposed to short-term exposure.

Even though many inhalants are legal, there have been legal actions taken in some jurisdictions to limit access by minors. With solvent glue, normally a legal product, there is a Scottish case where a court has ruled that supplying glue to children is illegal if the store knows the children intend to abuse the glue. In the US, thirty-eight of 50 states have enacted laws making various inhalants unavailable to those under the age of 18, or making inhalant use illegal.

THC

As someone who can get addicted to deep-fried donut holes, I don’t wish to get into the question as to whether marijuana is addictive or not – having said that – there is a close connection between the targets of THC and the addictive properties of many other drugs, in that they act on the same pleasure centers as opioids.

Thrills

 

Tobacco

Addiction to nicotine and other addictive substances present in tobacco, marijuana, cocaine, opium and other sources

The smoked substances also sometimes include other hidden addictive substances to make them an even larger rush and a more marketable product.

Tramadol

Addiction or dependence upon prescribed medications.

Commonly, though not always, is within the mood modifying drug family.

Giving up the long dependencies on prescribed drugs is best done with the help of medical professionals and sometimes requires a detoxification facility to ease unpredictable withdrawal symptoms

Tranquilizers

Addiction or dependence upon prescribed medications.

Commonly, though not always, is within the mood modifying drug family.

Giving up the long dependencies on prescribed drugs is best done with the help of medical professionals and sometimes requires a detoxification facility to ease unpredictable withdrawal symptoms

Travel

 

Trichotillomania-

Pulling out own hair compulsively.

Toxic Relationships

 


 

U…

Types of  Addictions beginning with U

 

Ultram

Narcotic Like Pain Reliever aka Tramadol

Addiction or dependence upon prescribed medications.

Commonly, though not always, is within the mood modifying drug family.

Giving up the long dependencies on prescribed drugs is best done with the help of medical professionals and sometimes requires a detoxification facility to ease unpredictable withdrawal symptoms

Underachieving

Chances are you are so good at not getting gold stars that you don’t even realize this. But ask yourself, how does it feel after receiving praise, an award, or recognition? If it feels short-lived and unsatisfying, you might be outsourcing your confidence.


 

V…

Types of Addictions beginning with V

 

Valium

Addiction or dependence upon prescribed medications.

Commonly, though not always, is within the mood modifying drug family.

Giving up the long dependencies on prescribed drugs is best done with the help of medical professionals and sometimes requires a detoxification facility to ease unpredictable withdrawal symptoms

Vandalism

The body self produces this ‘fight or flight’ drugs. Is progressive needing greater risks to achieve the same feeling.

Pure adrenalin in it’s highest form when life or reputation is threatened. Addictive in that higher risks must be taken to achieve the same high. Very difficult cycle to interrupt as punishments also produce life threatening experiences which keep the addiction going.

Vicodin

Addiction or dependence upon prescribed medications.

Commonly, though not always, is within the mood modifying drug family.

Giving up the long dependencies on prescribed drugs is best done with the help of medical professionals and sometimes requires a detoxification facility to ease unpredictable withdrawal symptoms

watch some old shows of the series  “House!”

Video

Television addiction is a condition studied in television studies where the subject has a compulsion to watch television programming. The compulsion can be extremely difficult to control in many cases. It has many parallels to other forms of behavioral addiction, such as addiction to drugs or gambling, which create an altered mental state in the subject. It can occur at any age.

Video Games

Television addiction is a condition studied in television studies where the subject has a compulsion to watch television programming. The compulsion can be extremely difficult to control in many cases. It has many parallels to other forms of behavioral addiction, such as addiction to drugs or gambling, which create an altered mental state in the subject. It can occur at any age.

Violence

The body self produces this ‘fight or flight’ drugs. Is progressive needing greater risks to achieve the same feeling.

Pure adrenalin in its highest form when life or reputation is threatened. Addictive in that higher risks must be taken to achieve the same high. Very difficult cycle to interrupt as punishments also produce life threatening experiences which keep the addiction going.

Voodoo

The body self produces this ‘fight or flight’ drugs. Is progressive needing greater risks to achieve the same feeling.

Pure adrenalin in its highest form when life or reputation is threatened. Addictive in that higher risks must be taken to achieve the same high. Very difficult cycle to interrupt as punishments also produce life threatening experiences which keep the addiction going.

Vomiting – see Bulimia

 

Voyeurism

In abusive or negative forms sex can be an adrenalin addiction caused by receiving large amounts of self-produced adrenalin.

Adrenalin addiction is a progressive addiction where exciting events become usual and greater excitement must be reached to produce the same high.

This is dangerous when sex acts are used to produce the adrenalin as abusive situations may occur

Sexuality is often confusing and care must be taken to not block sexual energy, which is necessary to achieve a positive energy flow through the body.


 

W…

Types of Addictions beginning with W

 

Wealth

Chances are you are so good at getting gold stars that you don’t even realize this. But ask yourself, how does it feel after receiving praise, an award, or recognition? If it feels short-lived and unsatisfying, you might be outsourcing your confidence.

Weed

Addiction to nicotine and other addictive substances present in tobacco, marijuana, cocaine, opium and other sources

The smoked substances also sometimes include other hidden addictive substances to make them an even larger rush and a more marketable product.

Weightlifting

The body self produces this ‘fight or flight’ drugs. Is progressive needing greater risks to achieve the same feeling.

Pure adrenalin in its highest form when life or reputation is threatened. Addictive in that higher risks must be taken to achieve the same high. Very difficult cycle to interrupt as punishments also produce life threatening experiences which keep the addiction going.

Women

In abusive or negative forms sex can be an adrenalin addiction caused by receiving large amounts of self-produced adrenalin.

Adrenalin addiction is a progressive addiction where exciting events become usual and greater excitement must be reached to produce the same high.

This is dangerous when sex acts are used to produce the adrenalin as abusive situations may occur

Sexuality is often confusing and care must be taken to not block sexual energy, which is necessary to achieve a positive energy flow through the body.

Work

The body self produces this ‘fight or flight’ drugs. Is progressive needing greater risks or accomplishments to achieve the same feeling.

Pure adrenalin in its highest form when life or reputation is threatened. Addictive in that higher risks must be taken to achieve the same high. Very difficult cycle to interrupt as punishments also produce life threatening experiences which keep the addiction going.

Wheat Flour

Carbohydrates


 

X…

Types of Addictions beginning with X

 

X-box – see Gaming

Television addiction is a condition studied in television studies where the subject has a compulsion to watch television programming. The compulsion can be extremely difficult to control in many cases. It has many parallels to other forms of behavioral addiction, such as addiction to drugs or gambling, which create an altered mental state in the subject. It can occur at any age.

XXX Movies and Magazines

In abusive or negative forms sex can be an adrenalin addiction caused by receiving large amounts of self-produced adrenalin.

Adrenalin addiction is a progressive addiction where exciting events become usual and greater excitement must be reached to produce the same high.

This is dangerous when sex acts are used to produce the adrenalin as abusive situations may occur

Sexuality is often confusing and care must be taken to not block sexual energy, which is necessary to achieve a positive energy flow through the body.


 

Y…

Types of Addictions beginning with Y

 

Young Sex

Sex with minors, pedophilia

In abusive or negative forms sex can be an adrenalin addiction caused by receiving large amounts of self-produced adrenalin.

Adrenalin addiction is a progressive addiction where exciting events become usual and greater excitement must be reached to produce the same high.

This is dangerous when sex acts are used to produce the adrenalin as abusive situations may occur

Sexuality is often confusing and care must be taken to not block sexual energy, which is necessary to achieve a positive energy flow through the body.


 

Z…

Types of Addictions beginning with Z

Zoo sex

sex with animals

In abusive or negative forms sex can be an adrenalin addiction caused by receiving large amounts of self-produced adrenalin.

Adrenalin addiction is a progressive addiction where exciting events become usual and greater excitement must be reached to produce the same high.

This is dangerous when sex acts are used to produce the adrenalin as abusive situations may occur

Sexuality is often confusing and care must be taken to not block sexual energy, which is necessary to achieve a positive energy flow through the body.


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 The Dean of Addictionz



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