When your body grows accustomed to a repeated influx of chemicals over an extended amount of time, it will reshape its chemistry to develop a dependence on it. Instead of chasing that unobtainable initial “high,” your body now requires the substance or behavior just to maintain regularity.
If you try to distance yourself from this harmful pattern this late in the timeline, you will experience devastating withdrawal symptoms. Indications of withdrawal include but aren’t limited to, vomiting, intense anxiety, seizures, restlessness, and tremors. Those are just a few of the many signs that your body will give off to signify its desperate need to satiate your dependence.
In order to avoid such immense mental and physical suffering, you will constantly engage in the behavior that set you on this downward spiral in the first place. You knowingly continue this pattern, regardless of its legality or negative consequences. This is a vicious cycle, as continued abuse intensifies your dependency. You are now deep in the depths of addiction.