Did you know that a person can become addicted to nearly anything that affects the neurotransmitters in the brain. The pleasurable feelings associated with the release of dopamine and serotonin can result in the misuse of a substance or obsessive behaviour.

How can you tell if you have an addiction to a substance or behaviour?

There are a few warning signs that might indicate an addiction:

  • Do you find yourself missing out on important things such as school or work in order to use?
  • When you are not engaging in the behaviour are you constantly thinking about when you will next be able to do it?
  • Have you tried to stop or cut back and been unsuccessful?
  • Have other people in your life expressed concern over your behaviour?
  • Are you missing out on social events and connecting with other important people in your life?
  • Is this behaviour becoming the central focus of your life?

If you answer yes to one or more of these, it can be a good idea to speak with somebody to help understand what is going on and help you re-arrange your priorities.