Addictions are human nature. Mostly everyone I know repeatedly does something that they know is unhealthy or harmful. Common addictions include alcohol, drugs, food, sex, and excessive shopping. I think addictions are formed because people have unconscious anxiety about the changing world around them. Our world is unstable, to say the least, and an addiction is constant. Doing something over and over again, even if it is harmful, makes us feel like we have consistency in our lives. It is something we are familiar with, and that is why we continue to do it.
According to the Time Magazine article, “How We Get Addicted,” stressful environments can alter the way our brain functions. There is no doubt our world is stressful, and our brains are affected to the point to where we cannot contemplate consequences of our actions. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said, “Humans in my view will always want to experiment with things that make them feel good.” We do these harmful things because they make us feel better. They turn into habits and eventually become addictions. Repeating these actions over and over again is a comfort to us in a world full of discomfort and instability.