We have all faced a time in our life when we witnessed something really unexpected, and it absolutely shattered us from the core.
Could be a layoff.
Could be a breakup.
Could be a lost opportunity.
Could be a loved one’s death,
Could be a victim of betrayal.
Could be money loss.
It could be anything. The bottom line is, after the incident, you may not feel the colours of life as you used to be, and you fell into the trap of addiction straightaway.
When we talk about addiction, it is not necessarily only related to alcohol. It could be abusing drugs. It could be masturbating when in stress. It could be overeating food. It could be smoking.
Basically, doing anything excessively is addiction. You do it when you don’t feel good. When you don’t get the chance to do it, you are even more stressed out. So, secret addiction is not a panacea to your condition, it is a momentary escape from a situation.
How to Know if you are Addicted to Something?
You may be consuming something occasionally, and it is not necessary that you may be an addict. Hence, it becomes important to know when you are addicted and when you are not. Below are some of the signs which will help you know if you are an addict:
#1 You Make Excuses for Being an Addicted to Something
You may have been drinking so much recently that your partner brought it forward to you. In such a scenario, instead of realizing it you make it an excuse for being rewarded for a hard day or just as a means to get rid of stress.
#2 Doing it More, Doing it Regularly
Now, you don’t even need an invitation to share a drink. You are already there to take it as much as you can. In addition, you tend to avoid social gatherings that don’t serve the substance that you abuse. Instead, you prefer to sit at home and consume a lot more of what you enjoy.
#3 Being Defensive When Told Truth
If you haven’t been doing good lately in your personal or your professional life, you choose to resort to consuming more alcohol or eating without a calorie count. When you are told about your poor involvement, you tend to get abusive and even violent about it.
#4 You Make it Seem like Everything is OKAY
Initially, you shy away from your friends and family members and consume alcohol or drugs in a secret manner. When you reach home, you put on your best smile and try to be as normal as possible. Even though in reality, you want to just scream loudly.
When you are addicted to something, you tend to lose your senses and spend more than you otherwise do. This can leave you broke in a short time and even affect your family.
Once you realize that you have fallen in the trap of secret addiction, you should tell it to your family or a reliable person. Get yourself a sober companion or a sober coach.
Most importantly, keep your willpower strong and move on from whatever is keeping you in the same place.