I am continuing to talk about addiction and dependency. As I mentioned, technically, addiction takes withdrawal symptoms but not dependency.
In the mental health field, that is the way to take them apart one from another.
That is why addiction takes a step to remove the substance from the system at the beginning.
Withdrawal symptoms could be mild so there are addicts who just drink like habits at nights and they don’t believe that they have a problem with the habit.
I read that Brat Pitt said that he drank every single day since college so I could call him an addict at all.
However he seemed functioning well as an actor and producer so people don’t immediately jump onto the conclusion that he was an addict.
That is why functioning addicts are hard to be recognized by the person and others.
It is important for us to pay attention to our own habits and daily routines and improve it because of the reasons.
As we know, there is rehab for you to check yourself in if you have addiction problem.
As I said, rehab is there for addicts to let the substance out of their systems.
That is one of the mental health issues that need in patient facility.
Likewise there are mental institutions when you have severe mental illness such as bipolar and schizophrenia.
Even though only small percentage of severely mentally ills could hurt others although we have image that a lot of them could be harmful to the others.
Those are not relatively harmful to the others though they could be dangerous to themselves because of the nature of those diseases.
It is like top of the world and bottom types of mood changes involved with the diseases and also it is hard for anyone to deal with the disease once you have it in your life.
So they have higher risk of suicide and that is the reason why they are recommended to balance themselves with medications or treated in patient facilities.
Eating disorder is often treated in in-patient facility too depending on severity. In a way, eating disorder could be even more difficult to treat rather than addiction.
Addiction must be gone when you spend for 28 days or so in the facility because the substance should be out of your system.
However difficult part is when you go back to the world again. Relapse is common too.
That is why we call people who stay away from the substance that they were using before “recovering addicts”.
It is not hard for anyone let the substance out of our systems though recovery is not so easy.
I will talk about mechanism of addiction and dependency, why we are hooked by those substance or habitual and unwanted behaviors tomorrow.
I am going back to my conversation with my supervisor in my Master program and learned what it must be like to be hooked with substance.
Either I feel easy to give up on sweets or not.
Have a wonderful day!!