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What Are Secondary Addictions?

What Are Secondary Addictions?Addiction rarely exists on its own. Put another way, you will most likely not encounter an individual who is deeply addicted to a drug, a behavior, or something else but exercises perfect temperance in every other area of his of her life in San Diego. Addiction stems from feeling inadequate; thus, the desire to feel an excitement or a peace will color every area of an addict’s life as he or she seeks to make him or herself a complete person by overindulging in multiple areas. For example, someone with narcissistic personality disorder may drink compulsively to silence his or her extreme self-loathing while exercising to an unhealthy degree and dieting to the point of anorexia to have the body of the superior character he or she is always proclaiming him or herself to have. For every person with a glaringly obvious addiction, there is probably at least one secondary addiction on which he or she falls when the primary addiction is not satisfying him or her in San Diego. These secondary addictions frequently function as crutches when one is trying to break the primary addiction; since smoking or binge eating are seen as “not as bad” as heavy drinking or sex addiction, addiction to these kinds of activities is often indirectly encouraged if it keeps the recovering addict away from his or her primary addiction.

Who Is Harmed by Secondary Addictions

Primarily, the addict is harmed by the presence of multiple addictions in his or her life. They are evidence of a brain out of balance that is seeking validation in all the wrong places in San Diego. In the case of addiction to two or more drugs at once, the interactions of these drugs can be deadly or at least do serious damage to the user’s health. Addiction to gambling and shopping destroys one’s financial life, while a substance habit keeps the addict’s thoughts too cloudy to realize what is happening. Compulsive diet and exercise batter the addict’s body and can result in injured or emaciated physiques — a far cry from the model body the addict was desperate to achieve.

More than this, though, secondary addictions can hurt those who love addicts by extending into the lives of the addict’s loved ones. Codependency, an unhealthy need for an addict to remain addicted so that the codependent can find fulfillment in caring for and enabling him or her, is a kind of secondary addiction. Codependents are often as defensive about their addict’s habit(s) as the addict is when confronted directly, and their attitude is no better than the actual addiction in San Diego. Additionally, those close to and/or under the influence of addicted individuals are more likely to develop addictions themselves — often to the same substances or pleasures that they saw their loved ones abusing.

Treatment and Recovery for Secondary Addictions

When seeking recovery help for a loved one with a destructive habit, remember to consider more than just the main addiction. If the whole person is not treated in rehab, he or she will simply re-emerge into the real world, having swapped his or her “bad” addiction in San Diego for a “less bad” one. To learn about holistic, effective rehab, please call our toll-free helpline today and seek the advice of our experienced and professional counselors. We are ready 24 hours a day for your call and would love to assist you; let us help you begin a new life for yourself and those you love today.