More often than not, most people who are addicted to certain substances or preoccupied by certain thoughts and actions would be debilitated by their insatiable needs to be satisfied. There are certain factors that lead to certain types of addictions, although the addiction of one person may be different to another, one fact remains: Addiction is ALWAYS debilitating. The addict will always find a certain cause for his compulsions and this in turn, will manifest in such a way that it deteriorates the body, mind and spirit. Even if there are treatments out there, the cycle from which it flows continues.
Addicts would first find a source of addiction through these following factors:
Heredity: Believe it or not, Genetics play a role in addiction. One of the common forms of addiction that can be inherited is alcoholism. Sad to say, the notion “Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic” IS true. People who have a family history of an addiction are more likely to develop the same disorder that has debilitated their relatives who have succumbed to their addictions. For instance, if someone from an alcoholic family may develop a disorder like eating compulsions or mania related to work. Studies even show that a child is still likely to develop some sort of addiction even if weaned and separated from a parent who is an addict.
Environment: People who were exposed to violence and unhealthy habits often done by addicted patents are likely to view a certain addictive substance or habit as normal. This deviant behavior eventually leads them to engage in addictions as well. On the other hand, people who were raised with the notion that addiction is not acceptable, or where addictive substances are difficult to obtain, risks for addiction are much lower. If an individual is raised from an abusive family or if he falls victim to an abusive relationship, Addictions would be a perfect scapegoat to temporarily shut reality.
Emotional Instability: Any form of emotional imbalance like depression, bi polar disorders, post traumatic stress disorders, severely low self-esteem and intolerance to frustration would eventually lead to the craving for an addiction to escape reality through temporary highs.
Substance: some substances and bad habits are relatively and innately addictive that others. For example, opioids and other drugs such as cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine would lead to dependence once an individual engages to chronic consumption of these drugs.
After an addict has found a source from which he is addicted to, he will soon engage in his addiction to gain temporary feelings of euphoria. After which, will he only be able to function properly as soon as he acknowledges his powerlessness to resist his addictions.
Once the feeling of euphoria has subsided, the sensation of relief will soon take over. This is when the addict is satisfied from engaging from his addiction and will be able to function properly after.
The relief gained from an addiction is only temporary, that is why an addict becomes very unstable. At this point, he is unable to control his compulsions and will have constant impulses that will drive him to obtain the source of his addiction. If he is unable to satisfy his needs, he will be unable to function properly thus, the cycle repeats itself in a downward spiral.