Addictive behavior makes life harder …
… Going up in smoke
Smoking is a hard habit to break because it is physically and psychologically addicting. The nicotine is highly addictive physically while the smoking habit reaches into a person’s emotional and social world. It is often said that breaking the smoking habit is comparable to quitting cocaine because of its multifaceted addictive impact on a person’s life. Often people will try to quit two or three times before they are successful.
It is important to quit. Every cigarette shortens life by 11 minutes through the increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and lung and other cancers. Negative effects on health and the financial impact of smoking can be used as a positive force to break the cycle.
… Drowning in sorrows
Excessive drinking and /or addiction to alcohol is related to liver damage, kidney damage, and loss of relationships – not to mention alcohol-related injury or death. Though alcohol may provide a short-term escape, its function as a depressant often makes a person feel worse overtime.
Excessive drinking is more than a cold one at the end of the day – it is the NEED to HAVE a drink during a stressful situation that indicates a problem.
… Compulsive behaviors
Gambling is a behavior that suspends reality in search of the next big win. Since the odds are always stacked against the player, it causes more financial hardship in families than it relieves.
Compulsive shopping is another negative response to stress that causes great financial harm. People often feel better when they buy something new. While purchases made within a budget are healthy, buying items and increasing credit card debt to relieve emotional angst is not.
Shopping to relieve stress is a vicious cycle that creates more stress in the long term.
Remember the ice cream treats you had as a kid, or beef roast, potatoes and pie you ate at grandma’s and grandpa’s house? Since these foods often hold positive memories for many, the temptation to overeat or eat foods associated with good times during the times of stress leads some down the road to emotional eating, weight gain, and poor self-esteem. When eating becomes the main coping mechanism for stress. It causes health and self image problems which may increase rather than reduce stress.
Not only is increased weight an issue, but many times the foods that we choose to eat create sugar imbalances that lead to feelings of unrest.
Work-a-holism is an escape strategy that causes imbalances in life and adds stress to health and relationships.