Addictive?

The dictionary speaks of addiction as something we do or take part in or ingest regardless of potential adverse consequences. It occurred to me that there is a fine line between compulsion, addiction and habit.

Consider: I get up in the morning dress, take the dog out, unload the dishwasher, have a cup of coffee while I watch something on TV. Jenn is up and ready so I take her to work. On returning home I fix breakfast for Glen and I and, while I have another cup of coffee, I plan my day. These are habits. I acknowledge that there is a certain amount of compulsion as if I do not do the planning of my day I can end up doing nothing much as it is so easy to continue to sit and watch silly TV.

Consider: I know people who run. If they do not run they exhibit symptoms similar to an addict who has been denied their drug of choice. Technically running is a ‘good for you’ activity but this sort of compulsion can be an addiction.

Consider: perhaps you are one of the millions of people who play Candy Crush or some other game. Perhaps you are one of those who check Facebook or eMail repeatedly during the day. There are negative consequences to these actions as they take time away from other activities and may take the place of more personal interactions. Are these then additions?

We all know that a person who takes drugs is an addict and this is something to be a avoided if the drug of choice is one that is not good for you or is illegal but advertising WANTS you to be addicted to a particular product or TV show and we think that is OK!

I submit that ANY kind of uncontrolled addiction is not OK and should be carefully analyzed to determine the potential adverse consequences and take action to avoid the addictive behavior.

Author: bdeshaw

Mom, Grandma, Puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence

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