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Is There Such a Thing as a Minor Addiction?

Is There Such a Thing as a Minor Addiction?

Minor addiction might best describe the use of occasional users and social users

When an addict compares his addiction to another person’s, he is ultimately making an excuse to allow him to feel better about his use. Minor addiction might best describe the use of occasional users and social users. However, even occasional and social users face dangerous side effects and life altering choices, which can affect them for the rest of their lives.

Risks of a Minor Addiction

When an addict describes his addiction as minor, he is attempting to obscure it in order to avoid the fact that he has become dependent on a substance. Included in the following are some examples of the risks of a minor addiction:

  • Criminal history
  • Legal issues
  • Side effects

Even if an individual classifies their addiction as minor it is more than likely they have still engaged in illegal activity in order to maintain their habit. These behaviors can be buying a drug, selling, and/or stealing to be able to purchase their drug of choice. It is also likely they are careless and may end up arrested because of these actions. Having a criminal history can affect employment, housing and any other assistance one may have been relying on. With criminal history come legal issues, court costs, restitution and other miscellaneous fees. Every drug, even prescriptions, carries a risk of side effects which can be both minor and severe. Because an individual may think his habits are not harmful he may ignore certain side effects, which could be detrimental in the long-term.

How Can It Escalate into a Major Condition?

Addiction can escalate into a major condition almost overnight. If an addict goes to great lengths to hide his addiction, it may take others time to see how far it has progressed. Included in the following are some examples of how a minor addiction can quickly escalate into a serious condition:

  • Increased use
  • More excuses
  • Continued use despite negative consequences

One of the first signs of addiction is tolerance or a need to increase the use of a substance for one to experience the same side effects the lower dose once produced. The more an addict uses, the more likely it is that he will make excuses for his use – to both himself and others who question it. These excuses basically become an addict’s shield, which conceals the depth of the addiction from himself. When an addict continues to use despite negative consequences, he is putting both his life and the lives of others in danger. These side effects can include health issues, violent outrages which can lead them to hurt a loved one or even prison time.

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