All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. That means that Jack needs a hobby. Put simply, a hobby is structured play. Some hobbies are passive, like watching Andy Griffith on TV-Land over and over again. Other hobbies are quite a bit more active like jumping out of perfectly good planes, or diving head-long off a tall bridge with a rubber band strapped to your body. One hobby threatens to atrophy your brain. Another threatens to tear you limb from limb.
Taken to extremes, any hobby can lead to addiction. Some more than others.
The insidious thing about hobbies that lead to addiction is that you can’t really tell when it is happening. At what point does a hobby go from doing what you enjoy a lot, to addiction? Psychology Today defines it this way:
Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (e.g., alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity (e.g., gambling, sex, shopping) that can be pleasurable but the continued use/act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, relationships, or health. Users may not be aware that their behavior is out of control and causing problems for themselves and others.
Because the person caught up in addiction is incapable of seeing the warning signs, it is up to friends and family to help make sure that the obsession over a hobby does not bite back. Here is more useful information that might help you catch an stop addiction before it can ruin the life of someone you love:
These days, when addiction is the subject, the first thing that comes to mind is drugs and alcohol. Because that is all many people are concerned about, behavioral addictions can go unaddressed, resulting in more harm. Gambling is one of the biggest culprits in this category.
In this list of 7 gambling-addicted celebs, this quote from Charles Barkley best exemplifies the problem:
“Do I have a gambling problem? Yeah, I do have a gambling problem but I don’t consider it a problem because I can afford to gamble. It’s just a stupid habit that I’ve got to get under control, because it’s just not a good thing to be broke after all of these years. I gamble too much, I gamble for too much money,” he said. “And it’s something I have to address. I am addressing it, that would be the best way to explain it. I’m not going to quit gambling because it’s my life and it’s my money.”
Sir Charles has the luxury of being rich, with the ability to replenish his bank account by flogging men’s hygiene products. Most of us do not have that luxury, and gambling will rob our kids of their college fund, our spouses of a secure retirement, and ourselves of dignity. Most people who have a gambling problem can and should address it with ongoing treatment programs at gambling rehabilitation centers.
Internet addiction is trickier to manage than other types of addiction. With substance abuse, alcoholism and other behavioral addictions (like gambling), the user has the option of completely abstaining from the source of his or her addiction. This is not the case with internet addicts because the internet has become intensely ingrained in almost every aspect of modern life.
Internet addiction typically manifests in one of five ways:
· Cybersex addiction
· Cyber relationship addiction
· Net compulsions
· Information Overload
· Computer Addiction
These five categories are more fully fleshed out in Helpguide.org’s reference sheet. Many professionals believe that Internet addiction is a way of self-medicating to fix other, bigger, problems in a person’s life. “Real” life is overwhelming in some way so these people turn toward the Internet for comfort and have a hard time letting go. It’s understandable, since it has become so pervasive in our culture.
On some level, all addiction is behavioral. There has to be a behavior that gets people started down the path of drug and alcohol abuse. All addictions start with a habit. Not all habits lead to addiction. The difference is that we are in control of habits. We are not in control of addictions. There is no clear line of delineation for the crossover. The key is to be aware of your habits that most often lead to addictions in others, and stay as far away from the line as possible.