Addiction From Childhood

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Addiction is a compulsive act that damages you in the long run. It alters ones life normal development even sometimes at the detriment of others. Unwilling addiction from childhood as a result of abuse, toxic environment or coersion can destroy any promising adult. Addictions such as smoking, drinking, strange sexual habits, stealing as the case may be can alter the course of ones life. Discovering I was hypersexual after my childhood molestation was the most difficult thing to cope with at the time. I went from being sexually abused by a male family member to a boarding school where lesbianism was suggested to me by older females. The struggle to keep it together sexually was high. I remember moments when I couldn't control it and caught myself touching my sister while she slept, I did this to a younger male cousin too... God, it didn't feel right! Like someone stuck in a maze of confusion, I cried terribly one time because I didn't understand what was happening with me. I told myself I couldn't molest someone else to have them go through this pain. It was at this point I found comfort in masturbation. All of these happened before I was 15 years of age. Let's identify some scenarios that could lead to picking up addictions at childhood. 1. Sexual Abuse: sexual molestation at childhood could expose one to a clinical hypersexuality. This negative devotion to sex may be uncontrollable for some sexual abuse survivors that they have to have multiple sexual partners. There are persons who do not care when, how and where as long as they can just satisfy that strong urge. This addiction may affect their work or general productivity. 2. Drug Abuse: the abuse of drugs by some adults stem from such exposure at childhood. Some persons in their childhood were made to go on drug errands for family members and friends, there are cases of children who are forced to take alcohol,hard drugs or smoke for the viewing pleasure of their abusers. They grow up to become helpless addicts and letting go is almost impossible. For children conceived by mothers who are drug addicts they come out as natural addicts. 3. Forced Influence: From coersion and blackmail at childhood, we have stories of robbers, killers forced into these acts by abusers and bullies in the family or environment. Kidnapped children and orphans are sold out to some of these kingpins. There are children who are schooled by their parents or guardians to pick pockets at very tender ages until they become professional robbers. 4. Conditional Acquired Habits: One time I listened to an orphan, less than 10 years of age who had to cater for his younger ones. The only way they got by was stealing. Stories like these are dominant in the slums. Children are exposed to such level of hardships that they'd do just anything to survive. These conditional habits become an addiction for some that they do not know any other way to live. 5. Toxic Environment: toxic environment characterised by all kinds of vices can influence addiction. I am talking pornography, gambling, weapons.... Breaking off childhood addiction is like beating a family addiction curse. While some may take time to deal with, healing is possible! Lets Talk Suggested Ways In Dealing With Childhood Addiction 1. Identify the roots When you are able to trace the roots of addiction, handling it becomes easier. Important questions to ask in dealing with childhood addiction "how did it all start"?, what influenced the addiction? 2. Avoid the victims card: you know it is very easy to blame everyone and everything when we talk about childhood addiction yeah. The fastest way to deal with childhood addiction is to tell yourself you are not a victim! Tell yourself you are a survivor and a warrior! Tell yourself, no matter what led to your addiction from childhood, your adulthood will be different! 3. Resolve to change your story: the day you resolve to change your story, the universe begins to work in your favor. I know you had it rough against your will. No matter how far you have gone on the wrong path, you can always turn back to take the right path. You've got to be resolute in your determination to change your story. 4. Seek and accept help: Dealing with childhood addiction may not be easy for you to deal with. Sometimes, you've got to seek professional help. There are non governmental organizations who could help with therapy and rehabilitation. You could browse about those in your location. You've got to accept that you need help and you will accept whatever help is necessary to free you of whatever addiction you have from your childhood. 5. Fall 7 times: Addiction from childhood is not something you'd get rid of in a day. Give room for the times you will fail while trying to change your story. If you are dealing with addictions such as hypersexuality, stealing, or drug use, you will have to give yourself time. This may take gradual withdrawal. I need you to know that, as long as you are willing to deal with that addiction from childhood, there is always a way! Don't just give up on yourself when you fall every now and then. I strongly believe you can do it! You will do it! You have done it! The world is waiting to SEE YOU! Don't keep us waiting for long! 6. Talk therapy: I liken talk therapy to a flowing river. The more you let out, the more you are refreshed! Talk about your story, talk about your journey, talk about your process to healing, let out your frustrations and your fails by talking to someone. If You Need Someone To Talk To, You Can Reach Me Now! [/url]

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