Addiction or Habit?

September 10, 2016

With a habit you are in control of your choices, with an addiction you are not in control of your choices.

  • Addiction - 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.

 

Addiction may include prescription medications

 

People think of illegal drugs when they hear the word “addiction”. However, prescription drug addiction is becoming a serious public health problem in the USA and many other nations.

 

 

 

What Is An Alcoholic?

An alcoholic is a man or a woman who suffers from alcoholism - they have a distinct physical desire to consume alcohol beyond their capacity to control it, regardless of all rules of common sense.

 

 

Definition - an alcoholic is a person, while alcoholism is the illness. An alcoholic suffers from alcoholism. Alcoholism is a long-term (chronic) disease.

 

Alcoholics are obsessed with alcohol and cannot control how much they consume, even if it is causing serious problems at home, work, and financially.

 

Alcohol abuse generally refers to people who do not display the characteristics of alcoholism, but still have a problem with alcohol or it is causing problems in their lives.

 

 

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