Part 5: Procrastination: Addiction is a Thief

Addiction, in its many forms, robs many of us of motivation, confidence, follow-through and self-esteem. If we are using a substance to modify mood or to quell anxiety or sadness, not only does it change our brain function while we are under the influence, the effects linger and can actually increase depression and anxiety, causing us to crave more. Thus, the very thing we have used to try to feel better eventually enhances our misery.

Many addictions stimulate the reward center in the brain and give us a pleasurable rush of the powerful neurotransmitter dopamine. Activities like gambling, sex, pornography and video games often produce this effect and can create an addictive cycle in people vulnerable to addiction.

Addiction can be powerful and destructive. Not only does it influence procrastination it can also create a host of other relationship and work issues. If any of this sounds familiar to you, seek out a twelve step program and/or find a counselor qualified to assist you in recovery and begin the process of eliminating or reducing the behaviors that stand in the way of a meaningful and productive life.

Helpful Links.

Alcoholics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous
Al-Anon (Help for family and friends of alcoholics)
Addiction Recovery Center (ARC)

Understanding the reward center

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