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Old 05-02-2012, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Southwest Desert
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How would you define an "addiction?".. Something can start off in a "harmless way." But after awhile a "habit" or activity ends-up "taking over" a large "chunk" of our lives. And we're "hooked!" This is how I view "addictions" anyway...We want to "escape" our "troubles" or boring lives. And "numb-out." Or feel like a "kid again" and "free" for a little while...But unfortunately we can easily become "slaves" to our "addictions" over time. Don't you think?...Some people can become "addicted" to cleaning their house (non-stop) or exercising or reading romance novels or porn or playing video games or shopping or "you name it!" The list goes on and on. It's all about "extremes" versus "moderation." Don't you think?
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Old 05-02-2012, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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I think you're addicted to quotation marks.
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:06 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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IMO usually addictions are not just about really liking something and going overboard with it. It's more about using that thing you like to cover up something you don't. For example animal hoarding or any kind of hoarding. I seen on TV this one elderly woman's husband died and they had a dog that was mainly his or whatever. she then proceeded to 'collect' 17 dogs and like 30 cats -- all living in the house. It was like a filth compound in there. In reality it had nothing to do with an insatiable need to care for unwanted animals, it had to do with her husband dying and not knowing how to deal with that. So she latched onto the animal thing b/c she enjoyed it and it covered up what was going on mentally concerning the loss of the husband.

If you ever watch those hoarding episodes it's rarely ever about the material stuff and more about a bunch of other things unrelated to the items.
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Southwest Desert
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claud605...LOL! You're right! I do seem to be addicted to using quotation marks! Guess I'm just a "rebel" and "non-conformist" or ???...Some people "pig-out" on "comfort food" and I "pig-out" on quotes! Go figure??!!!
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:24 PM
 
Location: In a house
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An addiction is a chemical response to withdrawal. This isn't the same as dependency, or a habit, or an obsession.

With an addiction, it's not just "oh I love porn, I watch it all the time and can't get a girlfriend because I'm too busy watching porn." It's "my opinion of porn doesn't even matter anymore, because I am unable to tear myself away from porn for longer than a couple of hours, and then I must see more or I get anxious, nervous, sweaty, ill at ease, and maybe even physically ill."

Just like an addiction to alcohol isn't someone who drinks too much beer on weekends, or even someone who goes through a 6-pack every night after work. An addiction to alcohol would be someone who needs that alcohol within the first couple of hours of waking up, then another fix in a few hours, and another fix a few hours later, and so on and so forth.

A dependency on sleeping pills, is - when it's time to sleep, and you can't sleep without that pill. An addiction to sleeping pills, is when you need that pill even when you're not trying to go to sleep.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:07 PM
 
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I wish I could get addicted to exercise.

eBay lately has become my thing. THAT can be a real addiction.
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Old 05-03-2012, 03:29 AM
 
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I think "compulsive behavior" might be a more nuanced description for many things than "addiction."
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:22 AM
 
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I think "compulsive behavior" might be a more nuanced description for many things than "addiction."
Bingo. That and obession.
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Southwest Desert
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brightdoglover...I agree with you about "compulsions." I think we "turn-to" (or rely) on certain habits or activities to "feel better." We're looking for a sense of "comfort." We want to try to relieve our stress. So we turn to the "familiar."...We turn to an activity or rely on behavior-patterns that have become our "safety net" or "comfort zone." Don't you think?...I "write" in order to feel "okay" and have a sense of "purpose" even if the world is starting to "cave-in" around me. (And I can't find immediate solutions to my problems.)...I tell myself that I'm not a total and complete "failure" because at least I can still "write" and "think" about various issues in life...Of course at some point I have to "face reality" about the "pressing issues" in my own life and deal with them. And find solutions to my own problems. (Best I can anyway!).. I can't "play escape" or "run-away" forever! Otherwise "my world" really will "cave-in!"
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Southwest Desert
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AnonChick...Good posts! Thanks! I agree with you about the differences between "dependency" and true hard-core "addictions."...Do you think that people can become somewhat "addicted" to "suffering?" What would happen and what would they "go through" if they decided to give-up their perpetual "suffering?"...For starters they would probably "face" a "loss of identity." Don't you think? We've all "wrapped" or based our identity around "something." (Certain traits and characteristics and behavior-patterns etc.)..I've heard this referred to as our "personality construct." I like this term! It says that we basically "construct" our own personalities...Of course some people argue that they are a "product" of other people's "doing" and "creation." And maybe this is why it can be so hard for some people to overcome their "addictions." What do you think?...If we insist that we are "set in stone" and don't have the power or the ability to "help ourselves" then we won't even "try."
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