"Addiction" has almost be a clich. "I'm addicted to strawberry yogurt. I'm dependent on Facebook. I'm addicted to him or her. I always use a beer or drop of vino at dinner." Are our daily routines "addictions?"
The expression "We are creatures of habit" is accurate. Routines are our customary or regular span of procedure. They are our commonplace tasks, chores, or duties we regularly enact. They are conventional our everyday activities. Moreover, they normally are unvarying, habitual, unimaginative, and rote. I rise on automatic pilot after i get up, boil water for coffee with my coveted cup, grind coffee beans (medium roast) and add sweetener, creamer, and whipped cream. I'd rather not think! I engage cruise control as I tilt the first sip. Effective routines enables us being more effective, efficient, and expedient.
I habitually brush my teeth after breakfast, but do not obsess about this while i rise from the bed. Easily forget, I would not succumb to withdrawal later on. This is a habit.
Does somebody that always has a beer or drop of vino simply repeat a regular or, given alcohol's psycho-active properties, placate a dependancy? Probably not-unless the beer can be a liter or the "glass" of wine is poured in quart-sized soda glass. Quantity matters!
This illustration should aid in anyone discerning habit vs. addiction. There exists a predictable sequence not only linear but tragically, cyclical:
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 really is more of a spiral since the person's life deteriorates and functioning is impaired. The main element factors of addiction are obsession, ritual, compulsion and problems.
Obsession Phrases Review
I used to play hearts and spades within my computer. I liked the push as I anticipated of playing, and i also had to win-no matter the amount of games it took. When on the losing streak I'd blurt "F--- it" and storm out of the room. No big problem, 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 decided 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, which includes tobacco, other drugs or combinations ingested. Inevitably, health and medical 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 the planet. Theologically, addiction is idolatry. The choices are simple: stop and stay stopped. Permanently. If despite sincere desire and multiple attempts to stop, swallow your pride and acquire help ASAP. You deserve better.
By the way, I shall ready my coffee ritual tomorrow morning.
"Habit vs. Addiction" simply supplies the reader a means to separate common daily routines, habits and unconscious behaviors and predictable signs and symptoms indicating a bio-psychosocial attachment to a psychoactive substance or incessant, compulsive behavior.
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