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What is Addiction?
The word “addiction” is derived from a Latin term fo “enslaved by” or “bound to”.
It is defined as a psychological and physical inability to stop consuming a drug, chemical or substance or refrain from an activity even though it is causing psychological and physical damage.
If the addiction is a chemical or drug, this is referred to as Substance Addiction. It’s is an activity, for example gambling, this is referred to as a Process Addiction.
Addiction and Habits are completely different. Habit is a behaviour pattern developed by frequent repetition of the act over and over to the point the brain does it automatically. An Addiction is a compulsive need of a certain thing or substance to the body, which when deprived causes horrible effects. A habit can be controlled or modified, while addiction cannot be controlled and requires professional help for modification.
Some addictions can also be habits, such as smoking cigarettes.
Common Substance Addiction:
Nicotine, Marijuana, Opioids, Benzodiazepine, Cocaine/Crack, Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, Hallucinogens, Synthetics (K2, bath salts, ecstasy, anabolic, steroids), Alcohol, Caffeine, Sugar
Common Process Addiction:
Food, Gambling, Shopping, Sexual Compulsive/Pornography, Stealing, Hoarding, Thrill Seeking, internet, Gaming, Negativity, Relationships