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Addiction vs. habit - Everybody sometime in their lives has...

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Everybody sometime in their lives has seen or been in the presence of someone who is addicted to something whether or not they know it. Addiction is very different from an ongoing habit. Addiction is defined as the continued involvement with a substance or activity despite ongoing negative consequences unlike a habit which is defined as a repeated behavior in which the repetition may be unconscious. From these definitions it is possible to distinguish a habit from an addiction. To understand the difference between the two we must first break down each one. Addiction is a physiological and psychological problem that if not dealt with can lead to negative consequences. There are many different things that an addict may be addicted to ranging from gambling to drugs, but whatever the addict is addicted to causes them to have a good mood and feel normal. Most experts believe that the four signs of addiction are obsession, loss of control, negative consequences and denial. All are present in addiction whether chemical or behavioral. When an addict doesn’t get their fix
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