There are many substances that a person can become dependent on, and this list of 10 addictions you may not be aware of will shed some light on some lesser-known things that people may abuse.
1. Junk Food Addiction
If you find yourself craving candy or chips on a regular basis, you may have an addiction to junk food. Research has found that the brains of obese people look similar to those of drug addicts; they have fewer receptors for dopamine, which governs the brain's pleasure centers. This would seem to indicate that some people need to consume more of pleasurable substances, like junk food, to feel satisfied.
2. Fat Addiction
A person with a fat addiction is drawn to and had cravings for high-fat foods. This is considered to be a biochemical issue, and is not a case of a person lacking the will power to resist. Consuming fat affects the body's brain chemistry, in much the same way as when alcohol or drugs are ingested.
3. Sugar Addiction
Have you ever heard of someone getting a "sugar rush" after eating something sweet? Now there is scientific evidence that ingesting large amounts of sweets affects the levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter, in the brain. Without a continuous supply of sugar, the addict goes through withdrawal symptoms, such as feeling anxious.
4. Caffeine Addiction
Caffeine is a very real, and socially acceptable, addiction. Trying to go "cold turkey" to get off caffeine leads to withdrawal symptoms, such as irritability, headaches, fatigue, and anxiety. These symptoms may last for a week or more, and some people choose to start drinking caffeinated beverages again rather than waiting for the symptoms to subside.
5. Chocolate Addiction
Chocolate is another substance that people can become addicted to. It is loaded with sugar and caffeine, which are both addictive of themselves. When we eat chocolate, the body releases serotonin, which produces a feeling of well-being. This may explain why we tend to reach for chocolate when we want to celebrate (such as at Easter, Christmas or Hallowe'en), and when we are feeling down and want to feel better.
6. Compulsive Lying Addiction
A person may start lying as a way to avoid getting into trouble or to make themselves look more attractive to others. Even though the people in their lives know that they are lying on a regular basis and there are negative consequences from those actions (problems at work, relationship difficulties, etc.), they continue to do so.
7. Solitaire Addiction
Playing solitaire online can be an enjoyable pastime, but there are people for whom it becomes more than something to do to fill in time. A person who plays a lot of solitaire may become addicted to the thrill they get from winning the game or from "beating" the computer.
8. Bingo Addiction
Bingo is another game that some people become addicted to. As in the case of solitaire, the person who is a bingo addict gets hooked on the feeling they get when they win a game. They continue playing more and more to try to recreate the experience.
9. Shoplifting Addiction
People who are addicted to shoplifting get a "rush" from doing something they know is illegal. The shoplifting addict may not even need the items he or she steals; it becomes a kind of game to see whether they can outsmart store security or the police by getting away with it.
10. Masturbation Addiction
Masturbation is not an unhealthy thing to do, but when it gets to the point where a person is engaging in it to the extent that it's interfering with work, school, and their personal relationships, then it becomes a problem.