6 Lessons Learned:

The Link Between Addictive Behavior and Your Health.
Addiction is a mental condition which occurs when your body craves for an external stimulus you have conditioned it to, such as thrills and psychological altering substances such as drugs. When your body is subjected to a stimuli it releases dopamine a chemical which acts on the pleasure centers of your brain giving a sense of satisfaction. Addiction has negative impacts on your health and here is how the two aspects are connected.
The inability of an individual to quit on the use of a pleasure stimulating substance or stimuli is the first risk. It becomes impossible for you to function normally or do any activity without the intake of a particular stimulus. Prolonged use of a dopamine production substance or stimuli conditions the body to small doses having no effect and this leads to the individual becoming a heavy user. Once you become a heavy user, the number of intoxications in your body become too high and this leads to different diseases such as lung cancer, liver-related diseases, kidney failure, heart-related conditions which later lead to death.
The loss of control and judgement over situations is the second impact that comes with addiction. Ones a person engages in heavy use of a chemical stimuli, it affects their mental health and they cannot control their lives and make wise judgements on situation regardless of being under the influence of the substance. The involuntary ability of your mind to function is lost when you are involved in substance abuse as your brain is damaged and affecting your sanity and for this reason an addict is unable to identify and make judgement on risks that threaten their life health and safety. Outside intervention becomes a necessity when you can clearly identify that you have lost control of your life but there is nothing that you can do to abate the situation. In this case you are taken through a detox program and psychological health care to get your life back on track.
Addiction is very dangerous as it comes to a point where further use of a substance has no effect and gives you no more pleasure. Regardless of an addict gaining pleasure from a stimuli or not, they still continue doing what got them into addiction. This occurs in alcohol addicts, sexual workers, serial killers, speed and thrill junkies and they push it to abnormal extremes and end up being termed as psychopaths. Depression and anxiety are the major psychological disorders associated with such individuals and no help can be administered to them and they end up behind bars serving multiple life sentences from crimes they commit or dead from suicide or police takedowns.
To conclude, it is recommended that you look down into your genetic line or family tree and see if addiction is a predisposed disorder in your family. Taking this step will aid you in avoiding addictive stimuli if your lineage has individuals who have shown addiction in the past.