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Types of Addiction & How To Treat Them

What Are The Different Types of Addiction?

There are many different types of addiction disorders. Although they can be split up into certain categories, addiction is often highly personalised depending on the sort of addictive behaviour you happen to be dealing with.

This is why, at Infinity Addiction Solutions, we offer such a bespoke addiction treatment services which get to the heart of the personality of the individual concerned. That said, there are a number of ways you can start to think about addiction and the various forms it takes.

Common Forms of Addiction

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The Four Stages of Addiction

The Path to Addiction

To begin with, it is important to say that no matter which substance or behaviour you may experience addiction with that there are various degrees of it.

People may not be fully addicted to something but still, experience some of the downsides of addiction and need help to overcome it, especially if they don’t want to progress to its more in-depth stages.

Addiction Step 1 – Use

According to these stages, someone who gambles from time to time or who drinks alcohol at the weekend may be a user who has taken the first step towards misuse.

Addiction Step 2 – Misuse

Misuse is when such usage becomes habit-forming or goes beyond a ‘normal’ level such as every weekend or every couple of days.

Addiction Step 3 – Abuse

While abuse is when it starts to have a demonstrative effect on your well-being and that of those around you.

Addiction Step 4 – Dependency

A fully dependent person simply cannot do without their addictive behavior and would suffer withdrawal if they did.

However, it is important to reiterate that all four stages are a form of addiction. Too often, only dependent people regard themselves as addicted which means that more dramatic interventions are sometimes required.

Remember, too, that it is never too late to address an addiction with Infinity Addiction Solutions and to receive the right treatment you need to help recover. Neither is it ever too early to do the same thing. In fact, the earlier the better!

Types of Addiction in the UK

This is one of the commonest forms of addiction in the UK. If you are drinking more than you know is really healthy or you turn to drink to deal with emotional problems rather than seeking other outcomes, help with alcohol use and misuse is available which can help arrest your progress to alcohol abuse and dependency.

This is often regarded as a distinct form of addiction compared with alcoholism. However, certain substances tend to be used in conjunction with alcohol which can blur the lines. If you – or someone you know – fall into that category, then the professionals at Infinity Addiction Solutions can and will help. Bear in mind that substance addiction does not necessarily mean only using legally controlled substances such as:

  • Cocaine
  • Crack cocaine
  • Cannabis
  • Heroin

It can also often mean prescription drugs, such as benzodiazepines, too. In addition, so-called new psychoactive substances (NPS) and other stimulants which are not necessarily outlawed can also lead to all four stages of addiction.

Sometimes referred to as addictive behaviour, compulsive behaviour disorders are another area of Infinity Addiction Solutions’ expertise.

Gambling is a relatively common form of behavioural addiction, for example, but others include things like sex addiction which can also include a fixation on pornography, among other symptoms.

Other types of behavioural addiction include a range of eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and overeating, to name but three.

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If reading about the stages and various types of addiction has chimed with you, then don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation about which treatment services might suit you – or your loved one – best.

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