The risk of being addicted to risk taking
Have you ever stopped to wonder what it is that attracts people to go sky diving, snow boarding, riding death defying roller coasters or any other form of extreme sport or lifestyle? The simple answer is the adrenaline rush that all of these give you.
However while the odd ride or sky diving trip does you no harm and can break the boredom, you can become addicted to risk taking. Actually it isn’t that you enjoy the actual risk taking but rather the rush of adrenaline that course through your body at this time. Adrenaline gets your heart bumping and sends the blood rushing around the body at high speed; it boosts the mood and makes you feel invincible.
The addiction to risk taking can however begin to affect your life and eventually to take it over, you are forever getting more daring in the risk taking until it gets to the extreme, the adrenaline no longer flows as easily or quickly as it once did and you need to take things to the extreme in order to send the boost of adrenaline rushing through your body and bring the feelings that you have come to love and consider to be normal. But whereas you were once getting the rush from enjoying sports you find you are now taking risks in your everyday life that can cause severe problems in life and extreme danger to yourself and to others.
You eventually can get to the point where you try virtually anything and everything to get that rush from running through red lights in your car to waiting until the last minute possible to beat the train across the crossing; this however has gone past the point of risk taking and you are now taking risks to the extreme of risking your life. When you aren’t getting the rush you feel depressed, angry, sweaty, anxious and generally miserable with life in general, this is the point when you have to take hold of the reins realise you have a problem and take back charge of your life.
However this can be easier said than done, you want to change; you swear you are going to change but then before you know it you are back seeking the adrenaline rush. Getting over addiction to risk taking should be taken just as seriously as when you are quitting any other form of addiction, you need help and should talk with your Doctor and seek counselling. Addiction to drugs can kill you and addiction to risk taking can do just the same if you don’t change your ways and get into recovery. Recovering from risk taking and the adrenaline rush it gives is all about retraining the brain, getting the chemicals to readjust, and this can take time and a great deal of strength on your part but it can be done. If you cannot do it alone then take the advice and help from a specialist in addictions because there are programmes for specific addictions and addiction to adrenaline rush brought about by risk taking is no exception.