Habit or Addiction?

"Addiction" has almost become a clich. "I'm addicted to strawberry yogurt. I'm addicted to Facebook. I'm dependent on him or her. I always use a beer or glass of wine at dinner." Are our daily routines "addictions?"

Obsession Phrases Examples

The expression "We are creatures of habit" is accurate. Routines are our customary or regular course of procedure. They are our commonplace tasks, chores, or duties we regularly enact. They are usual for our everyday activities. Moreover, they normally are unvarying, habitual, unimaginative, and rote. I rise on automatic pilot when I get up, boil water for coffee with my coveted cup, grind coffee beans (medium roast) and add sweetener, creamer, and whipped cream. I don't want to think! I engage cruise control while i tilt the first sip. Effective routines enables us to be more effective, efficient, and expedient.

I habitually brush my teeth after breakfast, but don't obsess about this when i rise from the bed. If I forget, I would not succumb to withdrawal afterwards. This is a habit.

Does somebody that always has a beer or glass of vino simply repeat a regular or, given alcohol's psycho-active properties, placate a dependancy? Probably not-unless the beer is a liter or the "glass" of wines are poured in quart-sized soda glass. Quantity matters!

This illustration should assist in anyone discerning habit vs. addiction. There is a predictable sequence not merely linear but tragically, cyclical:

Obsession Phrases Review

Trigger-stimulus ? Desire, impulse, obsession, craving ? Preparation-seeking ritual ? Compulsive behavior and increasing tolerance ? Negative consequences (work, family, legal, economic etc.) ? guilt, regret, remorse, frustration, anger, relief (sometimes withdrawal after stopping) ? Trigger-stimulus. "One won't hurt."

Around and around the cycle rotates, but better put, it is more of a spiral since the person's life deteriorates and functioning is impaired. The important thing factors of addiction are obsession, ritual, compulsion and problems.

I used to play hearts and spades in my computer. I liked the rush as I anticipated of playing, and I had to win-no matter the number of games it took. When on the losing streak I'd blurt "F--- it" and storm from the room. No big deal, right? No, Irrrve never gambled on-line and lost my checking account. But I fit the addictive cycle: I obsessed after i would play, seeked and engaged the ritual each day, felt the rush as hearts and spades lit up and I vied against cyber opponents, and felt relief basically won. This may seem absurd to you personally, but I had some mild addictive elements. I chose through God's influence to finally stop. Guess what? Deliverance. Or in AA's phrase "restore us to sanity."

AA has it as soon as they call alcoholism insanity, including tobacco, other drugs or combinations ingested. Inevitably, medical and health problems shall emerge. Behavioral addictions range from work, exercise, sex, romance, co-dependency, gambling, Internet compulsions and whatever activity causes the addictive cycle described above.

Addiction is hell on earth. Theologically, addiction is idolatry. The choices are simple: stop and stay stopped. Permanently. If despite sincere desire and multiple tries to stop, swallow your pride and acquire help ASAP. You deserve better.

Incidentally, I shall ready my coffee ritual tomorrow morning.

"Habit vs. Addiction" simply supplies the reader a means to distinguish between common daily routines, habits and unconscious behaviors and predictable signs or symptoms indicating a bio-psychosocial attachment to some psychoactive substance or incessant, compulsive behavior.

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