An addict is an addict regardless of to what you might be addicted.
Do you, or does a loved one, use mood altering behaviors to escape from life’s stressers and emotions, such as loneliness, hurt, disappointment, anger, fear and shame? The addictive cycle repeats itself when acting out behaviors worsen the shame.
You can can protect yourself and your loved ones from the insidious grip of an addiction by seeking the kind of help that is right for you. A combination of a 12-step program and psyhotherapy helps many who are still functioning fairly well overall. When alcohol or drug addiction issues are more extreme, a detoxification facility and/or a 28 day or longer inpatient treatment program is called for.
The big challenge it to muster the humility to know when it is time to seek help.