A few weeks ago I got asked to give a guest lecture on addiction to a psychology undergraduate class at the University of Auckland. To be fair, I was asked to fill in for the person who usually gives the lecture, who couldn’t make it. But I still felt just a little bit chuffed to be asked at all, given that I’m still really early in my career. And nervous of course, giving a lecture to 150 students is no walk in the park when you’re not the biggest fan of public speaking!
What do you think of when I talk about addiction? Maybe wild parties, immoral people without boundaries, illicit drug use, a debaucherous lifestyle? Perhaps you imagine the popular idea of an “addict” – someone who either can’t control themselves or makes a choice to take drugs to the detriment of their own wellbeing.
Feeding the need to been seen is something many people do. I do it! Facebook and Instagram are the perfect virtual avenues for us to ‘be seen’.
There’s a lot of talk about addiction these days: to drugs, alcohol, sex, porn, coffee, food, cigarettes. You name it, if it makes you feel good, you’re addicted. But here’s a couple of other addictive “circumstances” we don’t talk about: certainty and knowing. If there are a couple of things we all crave for, it’s assurance and understanding.
This month’s theme on DPSN is ‘addictions’. We’ve asked our bloggers to let us know what they think when they hear the term ‘addiction’. From personal experiences, social and cultural attitudes in New Zealand, stories of supporting others, through to the perspective of those who work in public health. As always, we’re keen for you…