There are many reasons why people abuse either drugs or alcohol or both.

1. People who suffer from anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, or other mental illnesses use drugs and alcohol, thinking it will help to ease their suffering.

Mental illness is a burden for some people they will try just about anything to relieve the pain.

Drug or alcohol use can temporarily make the person feel ‘normal’ again.

Mental illness can be scary for the individual who experiences it. They are afraid to go to a doctor or family member for help.

One way of identifying a soft addiction is to notice whether or not you zone out while you are doing it.

When we are zoned out, we are not fully engaged. We might be daydreaming or have a “no one is home” look plastered on our faces.

Zoning out suggests that the real goal of our activity is numbness.

Regardless of the fact that we’re physically participating, our mind is off somewhere else. When we’re finished with the activity we frequently do not remember the things we have done, watched, or read.

Addiction is an age-old phenomenon that has existed for centuries, the only difference being in how it is acknowledged.

People have and always will have some type of physical and/or psychological dependence on some form of external stimulant to provide them with gratification, enjoyment, and satisfaction.

When a person’s dependency on a certain activity or a substance becomes obsessive then it becomes an addiction.

These days, addiction can include all abnormal and nonstandard behavior and unusual dependency on any particular thing or activity, let it be, food, net surfing, gambling, kleptomania, drinking, workaholic behavioral disorder, pornography, excessive shopping, or for that matter even spiritual obsession.

Addiction is the continued repetition of a behavior despite adverse consequences or a neurological impairment leading to such behaviors.

Addictions can include but are not limited to, drug abuse, exercise addiction, food addiction, computer addiction, gambling sex, and porn, just to name a few.

Classic hallmarks of addiction include impaired control over substances or behavior, preoccupation with substance or behavior, continued use despite consequences, and denial.

Habits and patterns associated with addiction are typically characterized by immediate gratification (short-term reward), coupled with delayed deleterious effects (long-term costs).