When you hear the term ‘addiction,’ it generally brings up thoughts of substance abuse, including drugs and alcohol. The truth, however, is that addiction is not always about a substance. The term refers to any substance, behavior or situation that provides you with rewarding effects, encouraging you to continue pursuing this reward despite the consequences that you face. Some common non-substance related addictions include gambling, passion, and high risk/high adrenaline activities.
While not all addictions are dangerous or life-altering, they do have the ability to impact our lives in a very significant way. By understanding and recognizing these addictions, we can take steps to minimize their impact and protect ourselves from the potential risks.
What are you addicted to? Here’s what your zodiac sign reveals:
Aries (March 21 – April 19): Fast-Paced Lifestyle & Caffeine
When you are running through life at 100 mph, taking everything at rocket speed with no indication of slowing down, you will be treated with a high dose of adrenaline. Addicted to the way that this makes you feel, you continue to push forward without considering the need for a break. Relying on your love of caffeine to keep you going, you will keep running until you burn out entirely.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20): Food
You love the luxuries in life, from the nicest high-end clothing to the newest gadgets – you enjoy living the good life. Out of all of the ‘good things’ in life, the one you can’t get enough of is food. From sugary desserts to decadent meals, you enjoy it all. Unfortunately, you may not notice that your love for food is getting out of hand until you see it reflected on the scale.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20): Knowledge
Despite being known as the fun-loving social butterfly, you have an incredibly deep-thinking mind. You go through life with a high level of curiosity, eager to find out everything that you can about the world that you live in. You are addicted to knowledge that you can become obsessed with learning, forgetting about everything else around you.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22): Over-Thinking
You have a bad habit of getting caught up in your own mind, over-thinking every situation to an extent that most can only begin to comprehend. This is a dark hole, and too much time spent in this darkness will lead to being overly critical of yourself and those around you. Furthermore, you can become so wrapped up in a situation that you are blind to the truth.
Leo (July 23 – August 22): Themselves
Powerful and in control, you know your worth in this world. You are obsessed with the version of yourself that you portray to the world around you, going to extreme lengths to hold onto your youth. This may manifest in an obsession with exercise or dieting, extensive spending on clothing and jewelry, or the use of plastic surgery. This is a slippery slope…
Virgo (August 23 – September 22): Cleanliness
You believe that there is a place for everything, and you can’t stand when things are out of order. You crave organization, neatness, and order, and anything less can cause you extreme anxiety. If allowed to get out of control, your need for organization may even border on OCD, which can have a significant impact on your life.
Libra (September 23 – October 22): Shopping
There’s nothing wrong with a little retail therapy, but you take it to the extreme Libra. Whether you are celebrating your greatest accomplishments or trying to get past your latest breakup, you believe that shipping is the answer to everything. There is one obvious downfall – your bank account and credit limit can only handle so much!
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21): Passion
Known for being the most passionate of the signs, you have a personal drive that is unmatched. You’re willing to try anything once, eager to experiment. The appeal for you is the physical act, rather than the emotional connection that some bring into their personal lives. As such, it doesn’t matter whether you are in a relationship, or jumping from hookup to hookup, as long as you’re getting what you want. This can quickly spiral, taking over your life – not to mention the risk of STDs.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21): Risk-Taking
Always up for an adventure, there is nothing that gets your blood pumping more than pushing yourself to the limit. Whether you’re jumping out of a plane or gambling with your life’s fortune – the more risky the behavior, the greater the adrenaline rush. With each activity, however, you feel the need to push yourself a step further, which can ultimately cost you everything.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19): Work
Detail and data focused, it is no wonder that you are in your element when you are throwing yourself into your work. You are highly perfectionist, refusing to step away from a project until you feel as though it is done as perfectly as it can be, regardless of how long that may take. You will sacrifice everything else in your life in favor of this work, including sleep which will ultimately lead you to burn out if you don’t keep it in check.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18): Drinking
You have long discovered that drinking has the power to silence the voices in your head, something that you haven’t accomplished in any other way. Whether you are drinking a beautifully aged scotch or a glass of cheap boxed wine, you seek both the buzz that it gives you and the numbing effect it has on you. There IS, however, too much of a good thing. You need to be careful that you don’t allow your need for inebriation to take over your life.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20): Everything
You possess an addictive personality, regularly taking everything to the extreme. You don’t just ‘like’ or enjoy things in your life, instead you throw self-control out the window and indulge in any vice that you have the opportunity to enjoy. You likely already have a few bad habits, and you are only going to add to them if you don’t take the necessary steps to control this side of your personality.