As human beings, we all have different ways of coping. For some people, these coping tools – aka survival skills – can be unhealthy and can become compulsive to the point that they begin to get in the way of a person’s life, and transition from being a coping mechanism to an addiction.
When most people hear the word addiction, they think of dependence on a substance, such as drugs or alcohol. However, addictions can manifest in any form. In fact, just substitute the word ‘behavior’ for ‘substance’ and you open up the definition of addiction to all kinds of dependencies. Whether it’s sex, the internet or even skydiving, the desire to experience a ‘high’ becomes so strong that an ‘addict’ loses control and seeks the activity despite all negative consequences.