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!