Addictions

Addictions

Addictions happen. Take smoking for example; the majority of people who smoke are addicted, but most never thought when they started smoking that addiction was possible. The negative effects of smoking are well known, and there is no positive outcome from smoking on our health. Surely you have seen it all – the commercials on TV of people who are super sick because of smoking, and the graphic (and pretty gruesome) pictures of disgusting lungs on the packages, but yet people who are addicted continue to smoke. Addiction is a tricky thing, and most people need help.

People can become addicted to many other substances other than tobacco. Substances include stuff like alcohol, pills (prescriptions that come from the pharmacist or stuff found on the counter in drug stores that anyone can buy), heroin, cocaine, meth, marijuana, mushrooms, acid, chemicals and gas, and more. People can also be addicted to activities, such as gambling, shopping, or sex.

People who are dealing with addictions don’t always look like a stereo-type. All people are at risk for becoming addicted to stuff, it doesn’t matter what kind of family you come from, how much money you have, how well you do at school, or who you hang out with.

At some point addiction interferes with everyday life, for both the person with the addiction and those around them. If you or somebody you know is struggling with addiction, talking about it is super important. There are support groups, crisis lines, and councilors who are there to help. The person with the addiction needs to know there is help, and a way out. Check this agency out; they know what they are talking about:

AFM (Addictions Foundation of Manitoba)
Contact Info Toll free 1-866-291-7774
www.afm.mb.ca
northreg@afm.mb.ca
90 Princeton Drive
Thompson, MB

Wondering if someone you know has a problem?

Possible warning signs that someone is dealing with addiction could be:

  • Increased fights in relationships (boyfriend/ girlfriends/ friends/ parent/ children etc)
  • Missing school or work
  • Stealing money or things to sell to get money
  • Using increases, when nobody else is (like getting drunk on a school night, alone when nobody else is partying)
  • Giving up activities and hobbies that they use to like (stops going fishing and hunting and spending more time using)
  • Hanging out with people who use

(The above paragraph comes from our friends at Teen Talk, http://teentalk.ca/issues/substance-use/addiction).

Want more info on addictions? Check out this link:
http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/problems/addictions.html?tracking=T_RelatedArticle

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