There is a huge variety of substances and processes that have the potential to become addictive. The characteristics of addiction are:
you feel out of control around that substance or process; once you start the behaviour, you just can't stop; you try to quit but keep lapsing back into it; you use it more and more over time.
Addictions can have a profoundly negative impact on both mental and physical health, and on relationships. Many take a serious financial toll as well. The cycle of addiction - experiencing problems as a result of the addiction; swearing off it; then relapsing back into it - is incredibly destructive to the addict's self-esteem and self-efficacy (the sense that you have control over yourself and your life).
Common misconceptions around quitting include:
if you WANT to stop badly enough then you'll be able to; andyou just need more will-power and then you'll be able to quit.
In reality, most peole who experience addictive cravings really do want to stop. If you're reading this page, you've probably struggled with your cravings many times. Over and over again, you've been frustrated by the inability of your will to withstand the insatiable urge to engage in your addiction. You may have managed to quit for a while, using sheer force of will, but then found yourself slipping back into your old behaviour.
If so, you'll know by now that will-power is a poor match for addictive cravings. There's a far more effective, gentle and long-lasting answer to addictive cravings: resolve the feelings that drive the craving, using EFT.
Eating (especially sugar and/or fatty foods), smoking, drinking, taking drugs, shopping, gambling and the many other behaviours and processes that can become addictive, all have one thing in common - people engage in those behaviours to blot out, swallow or distract themselves from difficult or painful feelings.
At first, you notice that when you have 'that feeling', you can make it go away by engaging in your addiction. After a little while, you start 'doing' your addiction in case the difficult feeling comes up. And then you forget what the difficult feeling you were dodging was in the first place - only now, if you try to stop the addictive behaviour, you feel terrible.
By doing EFT as soon as the craving comes up, you can not only vapourise the craving; more importantly, you can get to the root cause of the addiction - the painful feeling, limiting belief or traumatic memory that drove the craving in the first place.