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Addiction and a Habit

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Difference b/w Addiction and a Habit.

Addictions – there is a psychological/physical component; the person is unable to control the aspects of the addiction without help because of the mental or physical conditions involved.

Habit – it is done by choice. The person with the habit can choose to stop, and will subsequently stop successfully if they want to. The psychological/physical component is not an issue as it is with an addiction. Put simply – with a habit you are in control of your choices, with an addiction you are not in control of your choices. Addiction to substances or activities can sometimes lead to serious problems at home, work, school and socially. The causes of addiction vary considerably, and are not often fully understood. They are generally caused by a combination of physical, mental, circumstantial and emotional factors.

People with Addictions struggle not only with uncomfortable symptoms and complex lifestyle issues, but also with the Stigma, Discrimination and Disability which causes so many to live in secrecy, rarely if ever revealing the true nature of their Addictive behavior. With a better understanding of Addictions, those involved in Addictive behaviors, as well as their families and loved ones can gain new hope, and begin to take control of their own lives.

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Therefore; Addictions is not about drugs, it’s all about the brains. It is not the substances a person uses that make them an addict; it is not even the quantity or frequency of use. Addiction is about what happens in a person’s brain when they are exposed to rewarding substances or rewarding behaviors, and it is more about reward circuitry in the brain and related brain structures than it is about the external chemicals or behavior that “turn on” that reward circuitry.