Hooked on High Tech

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Addictions are ubiquitous.  They’re everywhere.  How many drugs have you ingested today?  Aspirin? Aleve? Ambien? Lipitor? Wellbutrin?

What happens when you don’t take your drugs?  Dizzy? Achy? Nervous? Irritable? Sleepless?

Are you hooked on cigarettes? Alcohol? Gambling? Sex?

Anything you do in excess is addictive.  It’s a condition that typically starts out pleasurable but eventually becomes compulsive and interferes with responsibilities. Users may not be aware that their behavior is out of control and causing problems for themselves and others.

Addictions can be physical — a state in which the body adapts to the presence of a drug so that drug no longer has the same effect, otherwise known as a tolerance. Another form of physical addiction is overreaction by the brain to drugs.  Alcoholism and cigarettes immediately come to mind.  Some are more mental, which can lead to physical problems.

In fact you may be addicted to what you are doing right now. Abuse of the Internet and social media is rampant. People spend enormous amounts of time and energy on line. This becomes extremely problematical when the user’s ego is involved. Victims want to present themselves only in a good light, so much so that when a lousy photo or comment is made among “friends,” they become entrapped in an extremely disappointing virtual world.

Perhaps even worse are those who undergo withdrawal symptoms when they can’t get on line.  This is called “disconnect anxiety.” They become tense, irritable, isolated, disorientated, angry etc.  As more and more social media outlets are made available, the more disconnected the sufferer feels.

Are you addicted to anything?  Do you need help? If so, tell your doctor about it. Help is available. All you have to do is ask.

Lisa Burbage

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