8 everyday things that are highly addictive
Alcohol, cigarettes and other drugs: these are the first things that come to mind when you hear the word “addiction”. But apparently harmless things that many people use regularly in their everyday lives without thinking about them can be addicting faster than you think. This also includes the following 8 everyday things with astonishingly high potential for addiction.
1. Face cream
According to dermatologists, those who apply moisturizing creams to their face too often ensure that the skin forgets how to naturally moisturize itself. After applying lotion, the skin appears to be soft and supple, but as soon as the cream is completely absorbed, the skin is drier and more sensitive than before, as the water balance is disturbed by excessive lotion. This creates a feeling of tension again and again, which signals to the body that moisture is needed again. So a kind of addiction develops in which the skin has to be more and more moisturized.
2. Lip balm
Similar to the face cream, it is also the case with the lip balm. The lips get too used to the artificially created moisture and thus become dependent on it. In addition, it makes the lips feel good, which can ultimately lead to behavioral addiction – i.e. an obsessive repetition of a behavior. The use of lip balm takes on an unhealthy level and can be addictive without consciously perceiving it as an addiction.
Tanorexia describes the addiction to artificial sunbathing. Those affected suffer from impaired self-perception and always consider themselves too pale. If they cannot satisfy their need to go to the solarium, withdrawal symptoms are the result, reminiscent of alcoholism or drug addiction: nervousness, sleep disorders, joint pain and depression. Because they cannot withstand these withdrawal symptoms, the next step into the solarium follows – a vicious circle. With fatal consequences: Excessive sunbathing has been shown to have negative effects on health, such as premature skin aging and an increased risk of skin cancer.
When piercing, adrenaline (positive stress hormones) and endorphins (feel-good hormones) are released in the body. This leads to an intoxication of happiness, which quickly makes you want more. So if you have yourself pierced once, there is a high probability that you will do it a second or third time. The same applies to tattooing, by the way.
5. Diet lemonade
In contrast to normal variants, diet sodas do not contain conventional sugar, but artificial sweeteners such as aspartame. However, sweeteners trick the body into believing that it has absorbed sugar, so that the insulin level rises even with diet soda, which in turn encourages the body to store fat. Aspartame & Co. also signals the brain to take in more sweeteners in order to experience a new sugar rush over and over again.
Especially the initial phase of falling in love is comparable to an alcohol or drug intoxication. This is mainly due to the fact that love as well as substances like alcohol and other drugs stimulate the same area of the brain. Even in the course of a partnership, you continue to adapt to the other person – emotionally, but also physically. It is not uncommon for long relationships to become dependent on one another. For this reason, a separation or lovesickness can be equated with a kind of withdrawal symptom.
The addiction to taking selfies can be divided into two forms: on the one hand, there is the need to finally take the perfect selfie, and on the other hand, there is the urge for good feedback on social media. Especially with young people with low self-esteem, selfies often become dangerous traps that massively damage their psyche.
8. Eye drops
Over-the-counter eye drops do not contain any addictive substances, but they can have a habituation effect. Anyone who takes the drops regularly against reddened eyes, for example, has a counterproductive effect: The whitening agents they contain pull the blood vessels together. As soon as the active ingredient is broken down, the blood flow to the eye increases again and it dries out further. This ensures that the eye drops are used again. A vicious circle. Therefore, eye drops should not be used over a long period of time without prior consultation with a doctor.
Everything in life has a certain addictive potential. Ultimately, it is the dose that makes the poison! Fortunately, if you handle these 8 things responsibly, you won’t get addicted to them anytime soon. However, if you think you already have an addiction problem, you should definitely seek professional help – no matter what type of addiction it may be.
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