An American Style Addiction

The modern Mozart.

Addiction, the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing or activity.  Upon reading the definition of addiction, it doesn’t appear to be as unhealthy as one person might think.

In fact, some of the most prolific musical composers could be considered “addicts.”
At just the age of six, Austrian musician and composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  began his addiction rather early.

Despite all of his charitable work and exquisite musical compositions, Mozart struggled with what he described as “black thoughts” and severe bouts of depression.  This could be considered a theoretical link between eccentricity and those experiencing addiction.  Although Mozart’s depression might be more representative of a chemical imbalance, the example of addiction is fairly clear.

But not all addictions will lead to fame or to an accrual of increased wealth.  Lots of us will succumb to personal and societal pressures which might very well be destructive for our mental, emotional and physiological states of well being.

Take something as beautiful and natural as sexual intercourse.  Sure, some of us might kid and make harmless remarks about abusing this pleasurable activity, gloating over sexual conquests and such, but it too can be misused and cause harm to someone.

Sexual addiction is defined specifically as the inability to control cravings and urges, while also causing problems within interpersonal relationships and impairing someone’s emotional responses.  And being that we’re consistently bombarded with extreme amounts of sexuality, most of us are consumed by this biological impulse to unhealthy degrees, even if it is a short lived experience.

A study held by The Council on Sexual Addiction Compulsivity estimated that 6%-8% of Americans are sex addicts, which is about 18 million to 24 million people.  Find more about sexual addiction here: http://www.addictionhope.com/sexual-addiction

There are many things to be addicted to in this world and many people disregard the possible effects that addiction can have on someone if left untreated.  So if you or someone you know might be going through a severe addiction, it’s important to at least address the situation, especially before it gets out of hand.

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