Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Addiction - Identifing the Abusers

In medical terminology, addiction is a state in which the body relies on a substance for normal functioning and develops physical and emotional dependence.

When a "Q" on which someone is dependent does not occur, it will cause a withdrawal, a characteristic set of signs and symptoms. A lack of a "Q" can cause an increase in certain behaviors such as a return to training foundation skills, increased grumbling, pointing blame at other factors, increased video purchasing, overt optimism, higher internet surfing, putting for sale signs on ones dogs, saying they should quit (we know they won't), or locking oneself in their home saying they'll never "Q" again.

Addiction is generally associated with increased "No Q" tolerance. As one gets more and more addicted, the lack of "Q's" becoming more common place, a resistance to no Q's is increased. Excuses replace "Q's". True addiction can be identified by the person that doesn't "Q," but can point out where the run went well.
One "Q" will make the person giddy and over the top and generally can keep that person "high" for many runs. Enablers will allow a "Q" every once in a while to keep that person hooked. Many enablers are truly masters at timing when the "Q" will be most unexpected and keep that person hooked for a long time to come.

I am an addict and Tazz is my enabler. Welcome to my world.

1 comment:

Trish said...

I believe, after readying this, that we have a duel diagnosis!

Addiction to that new sports high called the Q. Compared to the perfect dressage test, clean round of jumpers or my favorite running a mile without caughing up a lung.

Then there's the other one. Addiction to online shopping. This most commonly can be diagnosed by a wall high stack of amazon or your favorite dog site boxes. Also when examining the cabinet (or more boxes stacked in teh addic) an enourmous stack of video on every dog topic emaginable. None of which any but the most addicted will ever watch.

so yes, this is not a single addiction.

But really... are all addictions bad?.....