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Addiction

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by Stevie Darling, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. Stevie Darling

    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    Is it an illness, or is it a weakness.

    Whats your thinking on this??
     
  2. Count Jedi

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    I think illness, or it could be a individual's personality ie an addictive personality which I know I have or should I say have been told on a number of occasions I have.
     
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    Depends on the situation. When applied to airguns it's a strength. Drugs then both.
     
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    A good example is this forum, I put my phone down 2 mins ago and now it's back in my hands. I have a report to finish today. I'm sure people have the same issue with Facebook (not that I have an account).
     
  5. Paul Cann

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    Neither , its a compulsion towards a certain type of behaviour and only becomes an addiction when the person in question is asked to stop that compulsive behaviour and doesn't do so. If the person with the compulsion ceases that behaviour when asked then they don't fit into that catagory as many many people do of their own free will.
     
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    Weakness
     
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    I have a very addictive personality and have been addicted to many things from particular chocolate bars to sleeping tablets and everything inbetween.
     
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    I have a problem with food that stems from child abuse as a kid, my old neighbours ( who were babysitters for my parents ) starved my brother and I when they were paid to look after us! We were so underweight our family doctor reported my parents for neglecting us when it couldn't be further from the truth! Small children don't explain things very well and often don't say anything especially when threatened!

    I was eating too much because I didn't know when I was going to be fed next.... That's how my mind is wired and although food is readily available now I am having huge difficulty breaking the old thought processes! I'm winning as I've lost nearly 5st over the last few years but it's really easy to relapse!

    Is that an addiction to food or a mental illness?
     
  9. Stevie Darling

    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    That's horrible mate! I think when something like that happens to you as a child, it's really hard to get rid of.


    But but I take my hat off to you for loosing 5st!!!! My mates son is a junkie, had a good up bringing, good parenting. I just wish they would stop labeling him as ill, he has an addiction that has caused his illness. I am addicted to nicotine, but I don't go around saying I am ill with something that wasn't forced upon me

    i am an addict, that didn't stem from illness
     
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    Addiction is a weakness that leads to an illness through a previously non-apparent predilection.
     
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    Addiction is the continued repetition of a behavior despite adverse consequences,[SUP][1][/SUP] or a neurological impairment leading to such behaviors.[SUP][2][/SUP]
     
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    I worked in rehab for a good many years and I'd tend to see it as an illness, certainly at least a predisposition.


    John
     
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    I doubt any religious folk would agree with that , the Oxford English Dictionary used to ( and maybe still does) refer to an example of addiction as " addiction to Christ " !
    its also about attribution , we like to attribute people's behaviour to an illness in society as we can then view them as victims and offer them help
     

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