People who are addicted to anything – be it a substance, habit, or action – do not typically have control over what they are doing, taking, or using. The addiction typically also reaches a point where it is physically and mentally harmful to the user after a period of time.
Addiction includes dependencies on things people consume, like drugs and alcohol, but it also includes addiction habits to almost anything, including gambling, the Internet, chocolate, etc. Addiction can thus be substance dependence (e.g., alcohol addiction) or behavioural (e.g., Internet addiction).
Previously, addiction used to just refer to psychoactive substances that are involved in the blood and brain, or those that alter the chemical balance of human organs like the brain, hence the inclusion of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and other substances.
However, psychologists now recognize causes that include psychological dependence on products, acts, and habits, which include sex, Internet, work, gambling, and other compulsive behaviours.
These are classified as addictions because they can now also lead to feelings of shame, despair, anxiety, rejection, and others common to addiction feelings and behaviour.
When a person is addicted to something, they cannot control how or when they use it, or how much of that substance they use. It begins to control and cloud their daily life, and they show a great deal of dependency on it in their life.
Symptoms include the changing of behavioural and life patterns in order to take part in this new behaviour, and compulsively engaging in this behaviour every single day regardless of other responsibilities or habits.
Other symptoms include withdrawing from public life and personal or professional responsibilities in order to take part in this compulsive behaviour exclusively and often alone and shrouded in shame and regret.
A habit may eventually develop into an addiction, but the distinction here is that habits are done by choice, and it crosses the line into an addiction when it is no longer done by choice, but done by some compulsive need to the point where people are unable to control and care for themselves due to the addiction.
Disability Tax Credits for Addiction
There are a few important things to remember – the above-mentioned symptoms of addiction clearly must happen over time and not as one-time occurrences. If you or a family member or friend that you know is going through addiction symptoms and issues, you may quality for help and it may be available. You may qualify for Canada’s Disability Tax Credit under mental functions and other categories. You would have to look at your current situation and see which you qualify for. It is advised for you to contact HandyTax today and they will be happy to show you how they can help you.