You Are Probably Addicted to This

Addiction is no longer limited to injections, imbibitions or inhalations. It can involve tech­nology, emotions or health obsessions.

Love is an addition. Or, you could love an addiction. A mate can consume your waking thoughts and in absence, trigger withdrawal pangs. Computer program­ming or gaming can stimulate a compul­sive nature. Affecting teens through adults, people are more prone to admit their legal addictions but many are overlooked. The Huffington Post asks, “Is Everyone Addicted To Something?” Research reveals a wide range of obsessions, compulsions and addictions that affect many people in developed countries:

  • Fourteen million Americans abuse alcohol; three million American teens between ages 14 and 17 are problem drinkers. (alcoholics-info.com)
  • There is a conservative estimate of two million cocaine addicts, 1.4 million regular methamphetamine users, and 800,000 hardcore heroin addicts. (addictionnomore.com and pbs.org/frontline)
  • Nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths in 2016 involved prescription opioids. Drug overdoses have since become the leading cause of death of Americans under 50, with two-thirds of those deaths from opioids. (NYTimes.com)
  • Fifteen million Americans display signs of gambling addiction. Researchers call gambling the fastest-growing teenage addiction: 42 percent of 14-year-olds, 49 percent of 15-year-olds, 63 percent of 16-year-olds, and 76 percent of 18-year-olds. (overcominggambling.com/facts.html)
  • Forty million adults in the United States regularly visit pornography sites; ten percent of them (four million) admit to having a sexual addiction to pornography. (reliableanswers.com)
  • In 2007, 60 million Americans (24.2 percent of the population) were current cigarette smokers, 13.3 million smoked cigars, 8.1 million used smokeless tobacco, and two million smoked tobacco in pipes. (drugabuser.gov/infofacts/tobacco)

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