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What is behind the dangerous addictions of children and adolescents

What is behind the dangerous addictions of children and adolescents


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It is difficult to explain how you enter the world of addictions or why you get there. Simply, one day you try it, you like the feeling it gives you, and you start repeating until your world makes no sense without that addiction.

It can happen to us as adults, as adolescents, but also as children. Because an addiction is not just drug, alcohol or gambling; an addiction is also smoking, shopping, eating, biting nails ... We can even have emotional addictions, and this, dear readers, can occur at any age. But, What's behind addictions in children and teens? Why do they develop and how do they affect them?

People say that addiction is a comfort zone, a place where we are comfortable and in an emotional state that is not the real one. Leaving this comfort zone can scare us, but it is more scary to live controlled by an addiction. It is better to be the owner of your life. The thinker Anthony de Tello said: “You only control what you are aware of. The rest controls you ”.

Unfortunately, today, it is common for our adolescents to fall into addictions such as drugs, alcohol, electronic games or even, emotional dependence when they start to have relationships. Therefore, it is necessary that as parents, we are prepared in case we must face this situation.

To get started, an addiction comes from "a-diction", a "NOT-Said"It is something that is not counted in our family, and that we drag from generation to generation, until a relative, through addiction, tries to face this situation that will save the family clan. With this family secret, we must begin. Ask your parents, grandparents or uncles if there is something that has not been told in your family.

Addiction is a survival resource. Therefore, we must ask ourselves two questions. On the one hand, 'why are you living it' and, on the other, 'what is this addiction in your life for'. Becoming aware of this is a big step. Let's take some examples:

1. Food addiction
It is likely that if there is an addiction to food, it is that there is an emotional void related to an absence of a mother, or a lack of protection or loneliness caused by boredom or loneliness itself.

2. Gambling addiction
In the case of addiction to games, they may be avoiding coming into contact with an emotion such as the lack of love received in childhood.

3. Emotional addiction
When there is an emotional addiction, there may be an urgent need to be with someone due to a childhood where no parents have been present. If you haven't had what you need from the parents, the adolescent may decide to 'hook' on the first person who comes up to him and says something nice.

As you can see with these examples, it is very important that our children meet all their needs from childhood, or otherwise, they will grow up with a lack that could lead to some type of addiction.

If fortunately it is not your case, I am glad, Keep doing it for the good of you and your family! But if, on the contrary, you are experiencing something similar with a family member of yours, in addition to finding out what is happening and asking questions in the family environment, go to a professional who will guide and accompany you to overcome this process in your lives.

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