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What is addiction, really?

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posted on Feb, 13 2022 @ 02:15 PM
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After I saw the term 'addiction' defined by a drug user in a completely positive and slightly weird light, I was going to search for the TRUE definition just to counter that ridiculous version.

However, I was a bit shocked (I should stop being shocked by anything this stupid world does) to notice that there are almost no proper and true, NEUTRAL and factual definitions of this word - - it's almost always completely biased and completely non-neutrally defined.

Of course psychiatry has TAKEN OVER all kinds of definitions, so now everything, EVERYTHING is a 'disease' or 'disorder' or 'chemical imbalance' in your 'brain', and often this whole addiction thing is even defined PURELY physically. What?

Addiction is not a disease. It's not an illness. It's not something chemical in your brain. It's not a disorder (whatever THIS means, but psychiatry seems to LOVE this word, as now everything is a 'disorder', when before, there could be all kinds of mental and spiritual distresses, like 'manic-depressive' or 'split personality' - now it's 'bipolar disorder' and I don't even remember the other thing, something about 'dissociative identity disorder' (SO easy to remember, right? CLEAR language, right?).

Look, let's give proper definitions back to the world, shall we? As far as I can tell, and as far as I can neutrally define the word 'addiction' without serving the big pharma or the nihilistic mindset of governments and corporations, or without worshipping the whole 'brain chemistry/disorder/physical' mess that the psychiatry (a non-science or pseudo-science with not even one shred of evidence to back up its claims if I ever saw one, and yet it wields a lot of power over innocent people)..

..let's try to be as neutral and informative, as clear and as descriptive, as honest and truthful as possible, shall we?

How about this: 'Addiction is the strong compulsion to continue engaging in an activity (such as using a substance), regardless of its consequences'.

See? No need for 'disorder', 'disease', 'medical', 'brain imbalance', 'physical', or ANY of that biased and judgmental crap.

Addiction can be purely spiritual, you don't even need physical brain to be addicted. This world can't accept reality as is, but it's kind of shocking that it can't EVEN aim to define words NEUTRALLY, regardless of its bias and stigma.

The word 'addiction' is NOT stigmatized as some drug users with their improperly balanced brains say, but it _IS_ very wrongly defined, in ways that benefit the big pharma, psychiatry and control over the 'little people'.

Let's bring neutrality back to definitions!

I don't see anything wrong with my definition of addiction, and in my humble opinion, it's the MOST truthful definition of that word I have seen.

However, if someone has even more neutral and truthful definition, I would like to hear it, of course. I can't understand why you can't find this type of definition with search engines, this world must be even more mad than I thought, when even a simple, innocent, neutral definition can't exist anymore.

I wonder how this was defined in dictionaries of the old, I wonder it was more neutral back in the sixties or seventies..

Some points abouit my definition:

- It can describe harmful AND harmless addictions
- It takes into account that the activity or usage might be completely harmless / positive / neutral
- It takes into account all KINDS of addictions that have nothing to do with substances, brain chemistry or even the physical side (heck, you can be addicted to astral projection or meditation, and this definition still applies!)
- The consequences can be good, bad or neutral, and this definition is still positive (it doesn't say anything about 'inability', as 'inability' is not really a thing, it's more like lack of a thing, and you can't define a thing purely by describing a lack of a thing)
- It can honestly and truthfully be applied to _ANY_ kind of addiction, regardless of severity and other factors - it can even be used for animals!

Try to find this kind of definition from the 'official sources'.. they couldn't be more biased, while feigning neutrality. Money talks, and big pharma and faux 'science', like psychiatry, DOMINATE definitions now. And through that, your life, should you ever end up in their teeth.
edit on 13-2-2022 by Shoujikina because: (no reason given)



posted on Feb, 13 2022 @ 02:29 PM
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a reply to: Shoujikina

It's a good definition, I have to meet a non addict yet.

You would breath in, beneath water, no matter the consequences, given enough time.

But let's talk substances, where does it become one? Air? Coffee? Sugar? Tobacco? Alcohol? Marihuana?

What about comforts? Hot shower? Car? Private jet?

Good question indeed



posted on Feb, 13 2022 @ 02:32 PM
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a reply to: Shoujikina

I define addiction as a dependency. The body of an addict needs the substance or they will experience an extremely unpleasant withdrawal.



posted on Feb, 13 2022 @ 03:02 PM
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a reply to: Shoujikina

Very fair.



posted on Feb, 13 2022 @ 03:07 PM
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I have an addictive personality, I swapped hard drugs(a few decades back) for hobbies. For the last 10 years, it's been audio gear, tubes, records, speakers. Also, for the last year into airguns, the sun is shining today, I will go out an indulge my new addiction
I would consider my post drug addictions to be positive.



posted on Feb, 13 2022 @ 03:08 PM
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Good subject and worthy thoughts to consider from both OP and posters.

I think, for me, there's a spiritual component too.

Is any particular addiction the attempt to fill--or assuage--a hole in my psyche or emotional being?

It's like the right question but the wrong answer kind of thing in that case.



posted on Feb, 13 2022 @ 04:36 PM
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Trying to define such a word is a mistake it is best left as a verb.



posted on Feb, 13 2022 @ 05:36 PM
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a reply to: The GUT



Is any particular addiction the attempt to fill--or assuage--a hole in my psyche or emotional being?

Great question, and the answers can run pretty deep for some.

They say, most addictions are rooted to inner pain/trauma/mental health, or wellness. However, many people got addicted to pain meds. due to physical pain. Throw in some boredom..associations too.

As a teen, our group pretty much ran wild from 14-15 on, little parenting, all broken down family stuff, so we just partied a lot, and things eventually progressed. Maybe some boredom, mixed with trauma we didn't realise was there..we just figured we were having fun..at the time. A mix of, no rules, boredom, and outside influences, introduction to things. It all went sideways hitting very late teens.

As far as being addicted to hobbies, my dad was the same, if he got into something, he really dove in, and mastered it, welding, archery, custom bike painting, gunsmithing, rc aircraft, all aspects of them, from the ground up. He would fabricate and machine his own parts, even made his own compound bows. Is that addiction level..I dunno?


I seem to be the same in that regard, different hobbies, but I like to get into the meat and bones..I like the collecting aspect too(probable addiction..lol) As a positive, you gain knowledge, and It links you up with lots of cool people, have made good friends. I call it an addiction semi jokingly. As a negative, you have to keep your finances in check, or not lose track.









posted on Feb, 13 2022 @ 06:27 PM
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a reply to: vonclod
A lot of depth there. I can relate. Interesting observations about "hobby" addiction as well to include collecting.

Fascinating, too, how there are positives to the condition when we abstract and properly unpack them.



posted on Feb, 13 2022 @ 09:22 PM
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originally posted by: The GUT
Good subject and worthy thoughts to consider from both OP and posters.

I think, for me, there's a spiritual component too.

Is any particular addiction the attempt to fill--or assuage--a hole in my psyche or emotional being?

It's like the right question but the wrong answer kind of thing in that case.


I believe you are spot on. I think all addiction starts as an attempt to fill a spiritual void or problem. Addiction sets in by habit and constant over stimulating the pleasure center in our complex brains. Simplified version in a nutshell.



posted on Feb, 13 2022 @ 10:47 PM
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My mother (may she rest in peace) told me when I was around 16 that she tried injecting opioids, and to NEVER try it under any circumstance, because it was the hardest thing for her to never try again. I still trust my mother, you have to be suicidal to try something you KNOW destroys your health and takes over your life. Mom taught me well because I won't come near that sh!t

In today's world of information it's hard not to be informed on the effects of what's available to you. I have less and less patience for the increasing amount of addicts in my city, near the parks full of kids and families who just moved here, with zero idea this was their neighborhood.

You choose to take a drug you know will likely take over your life and make you a burden on others



posted on Feb, 14 2022 @ 03:15 AM
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How can a person tell if he or she is addicted? One doctor describes it this way: “Basically, use of a drug or activity is an addiction if it’s causing problems in your life but you keep doing it anyway.



posted on Feb, 14 2022 @ 06:05 AM
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a reply to: Aliquandro

Do you hold the same grudge against mac doodle fatsos? Or the sugary kid becoming the diabetic adult?



posted on Feb, 14 2022 @ 08:41 AM
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a reply to: Aliquandro

Must be nice living in a world where everything is black and white.

Youd make a horrible counselor



posted on Feb, 14 2022 @ 09:54 AM
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i have quit more than several 'addictions' (cigarettes, alcohol, porn...)


but i have attained several, less harmful, replacement addictions (internet browsing, jig-saw puzzles, carbonated water...)

my hedonistic pleasure seeking is still a driving force, but i am more selective in pursuing activities which deduct time from experiencing the goodness of living longer



posted on Feb, 14 2022 @ 09:56 AM
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a reply to: Shoujikina
Good points!

Little acceleration & speed addict here. It's the craving for the chemical reaction (adrenaline, endorphines) combined with the g forces and other impressions. In a way it is not much different than drugs, except it's all happening because of circumstances and not an external drug that triggers the chemical reaction.

I think the grade of addiction is defined what one is willing to do, to feed the craving. On several levels. By all means? Everyday? For what price?

Like, I'd love to feed that craving everyday and partly I do, inside the law of course, that's why I go to the race track.

But a heavy* addict, would have no regards doing it everyday, break the law and also endanger other drivers and pedestrians, just to get that kick.

Heavy with * because it's hard to judge. Is someone that does a half day trip to a race track regular not also heavy invested? Just on a different extreme?

People are addicted to a lot of things, it's only then a problem, if it's bad habit that hurts others or oneself. Some people are addicted to fighting or agreeing even. One is addicted to challenge or stress, the other is addicted to harmony and does everything to keep it.




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