Seen in this way, a person can develop an addictive pattern of living with nearly any activity or object that produces a temporary mood change. Do you always do the same thing to feel better when you are upset, frightened, hurt, bored, or angered? This may be an indication that you are caught in an addiction. In contrast, if you accept your painful emotions and use them to pinpoint a problem (that must be faced by considering a range of constructive options), then you are probably not addicted.
There are an almost endless number of substances, activities, and objects to which we can become addicted. Some of the more widespread addictions include:
the stock market
flying on commercial airlines
men (or women) who are unavailable
jogging and other forms of exercise