Most of us have a deceptively clear image of addiction – one that typically brings to our minds the fearful and loathsome images of drugs and alcohol as portrayed in most of the films and television shows. For many years, experts believed that only alcohol and powerful drugs could cause addiction but with the growing use of internet, many people claim they cannot start their day unless they get their ‘fix,’ which now includes the social media apps like Tik Tok, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook which are created deliberately to be addictive. Apart from these, certain behaviors like excessive shopping, gaming, gambling or for that matter binge eating can also be addictive without people realising it.
Addiction exerts a powerful influence on the brain, first, by making it crave for the object of addiction and then gradually resulting in a total loss of control over its use despite adverse consequences. This holds true for both drugs and behaviors alike. What we need to understand is that the root of the problem is not in faraway places like Turkey’s poppy fields, South America’s jungles or southeast Asia’s Golden triangle, but within ourselves. So, what causes addiction? What are some of the factors responsible for addiction-related problems? In what forms does addiction manifest itself and are there some possible cures? Dive into this informative module to find out.