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Are all addictions bad?

Discussion in 'Other Substances' started by notaroundfesta, Jun 21, 2015.

  1. I was wikipedia surfing (because that's what cool kids do on there day off) and I looked up addictions. Some statistic said that 90% of the world has some sort of "Soft Addiction". (I'm assuming that is like a light version of addiction)

    If this is true, then how can addiction be bad if we all have them? How would you define a "Hard Addiction"?

    And what do you think you're addicted to?

    If I was addicted to anything it would be internet and caffeine. hah. But the thing is. . . I have in the past, and could now, stopped these "addictions". How can they be considered addictions if they don't hold any control over me?
  2. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    I think anything that you have to have in life in order to function could be viewed as a bad thing, even if the addiction appears to be harmless. I also see nothing wrong with you researching topics of interest of your day off;)
  3. vegito12

    vegito12 Community Champion

    I reckon it could be something we spend a lot of time on doing, like the internet or maybe playing Video games, which can take time and the time flies by very quickly if not careful. I think that some people get addicted to something, and spend more time on that like house hoarding or trying to keep up with the latest fashion as this can consume a lot of time and energy as well. So we need to be careful of the addictions and see what are the ones which, consume too much time and try and limit them so we do the things which are important in our life.
  4. Totalarmordestine

    Totalarmordestine Senior Contributor

    Well theoretically speaking all addictions would be considered bad. That being said, I believe you would categorize a soft addiction as one that isn't fully developed, therefore, it does not hold the same value over whomever has it. Meaning, a soft addiction would be one that is relatively easy to abandon entirely. A hard addiction however, proves much more difficult.

    As for being a bad or neccessarily unhealthy addiction, I would say any obsession or inclination that may disrupt your normal pattern in life and could potentially pose a threat to its balance.

    Now my addictions are fairly common, however, a bit unnerving to some. They include:
    - Internet
    - All things Asian (people, culture, etc.)
    - Beauty
    - Knowledge for the sake of knowledge

    ...Not a very appealing combination, I might add lol

    I hope my answer has sated your inquiry..
  5. tarverten

    tarverten Senior Contributor

    If its an addiction, you experience withdrawal sickness when deprived of the substance.

    A lot of light but habitual coffee drinkers make light of this withdrawal sickness. "Call me back in half an hour. I'm no good until I've had my morning coffee". People without caffeine addictions don't feel sick, or grumpy, getting up in the morning. Caffeine is something that makes you a little bit sick each day.

    When you are addicted, there is no benefit to the drug but to reverse withdrawal sickness. A person who does not habitually use caffeine can work all night feeling strong and euphoric on one cup of coffee. A person who uses one cup every day only feels "normal"--(but also a little anxous, queasy, tense, painful, etc. It is amazing how many "normal" discomforts are caused by caffeine)

    Most people go through life feeling a little bit sick every day. It's better to clean up and live free. It's a pain to HAVE TO go out for cigarettes, or stop for coffee, or swing through the drive through just to maintain a lesser degree of sickness.

    I've been addicted to caffeine, nicotine, and concentrated sugar. I'm addicted to concentrated sugar now, but weaning off it.
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  6. xTinx

    xTinx Community Champion

    Soft addiction would mean an addiction that doesn't prevent you from being a productive and functioning member of society. Your relationships remain healthy and your psychological and emotional faculties remain intact.

    On one hand, hardcore addiction would mean an addiction that basically destroys your humanity, turning you into an unproductive and dangerous member of society. Your relationships are compromised and you no longer have control over your psychological and emotional faculties.
  7. blastguardgear

    blastguardgear Senior Contributor

    All addictions are bad. There is no such thing as a good addiction because they all control you and you cannot help yourself but to give into them. If you had an addiction and it lost control over you that just means that you overcame the addiction.
    A hard addiction is one that is predominant and self-destructive. Light addictions probably do not affect a person's life as much.
    I'm addicted to the internet, procrastination, and masturbation (yeah actually).
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  8. thepieeatingjay

    thepieeatingjay Senior Contributor

    Well, it's based on what you deem as bad. If you have say a broccoli addiction (nobody has this but it's an example lol), then would you consider it bad? Broccoli is extremely nutritious.

    So any addiction PHYSICALLY is only bad if it's bad FOR you.

    However, in the grand scheme of things, ALL addictions are bad on a moral level because an addiction exhibits a lack of control.
  9. Nergaahl

    Nergaahl Community Champion

    All those "light addictions" will evolve into bigger addictions if not recognized and treated. There's no thing such a "good" or "innocent" addiction, all of them change your behavior and guide your actions more or less. Even addictions that may seem beneficial at first, such as being healthy, become a major issue later.
  10. LilAnn

    LilAnn Community Champion

    By definition it isn't an addiction unless it IS bad. A lot of times the word "addiction" needs to be changed to "habit.
  11. Rosyrain

    Rosyrain Community Champion

    You make a good point about the difference between a habit and an addiction. I brush my teeth each morning when I wake up and each night before I go to bed, and I do these things because it is a habit and because I want to have healthy teeth. If for some reason I can't brush my teeth, my life will not end, I will just feel like my teeth are dirty at the time. Addictions are something that someone can't live with out, or their life will be severely altered if they do not take or do what they are addicted to. I think that we all need to understand the difference between a habit and an addiction.
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  12. LilAnn

    LilAnn Community Champion

    I haven't been here as long as a lot of people. But the different habits that people refer to as addictions are all over the place. Knowing the difference would be so valuable on this forum. It causes a lot of confusion.
  13. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    Right that basically speaking, all addiction is bad since being addicted means you are abusing it or over doing it already. Sometimes the word addiction is being used for things that we really love doing or using instead of using the word "habit"
  14. Adrianna

    Adrianna Community Champion

    Soft addiction, Lol, that is funny. I am not sure that I can agree with that. I think any addiction is in itself, hardcore. Otherwise it wouldn't be an addiction, right? You could take it or leave it, so how is that an addiction? You are addicted to a thing, substance, or activity. You can't live with out it so you certainly are not going to take it or leave it. I do think that the statement from wikipedia that you speak of is condoning addiction. It is an excuse and perpetuating denial to tell people such a thing. I think it is a coverup for the fact that chemicals and addictive chemicals are being put in the processed foods which make people have all sorts of addictions. Addicted to the food, mindlessly spending money when they don't have it, reckless behavior or whatever. The food companies want customers to excessively buy their products, so they make a ton of money. So they say something like it is soft addiction, it's ok to do this everybody has this. It is normal. I don't think so.
  15. NicCris

    NicCris Member

    While people may enjoy or even feel a need to do certain things, this need only becomes a true addiction when it has negative consequences. Many people confuse addiction with dependence (there are plenty of people who have a dependence on caffeine) but a true addiction will most likely have negative health effects. That means addiction will probably never be a good thing.
  16. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    The way I look at it, addiction is ultimately the idea that something is so all-encompassing to a person that it affects how they run their everyday life. It might affect their work, their family life, their emotions, what is dominating their thoughts - so I think the entire concept of addiction (whether it's a "bad" addiction like drugs or a "healthy" addiction to exercise, for instance) is one that is dangerous.
  17. ZXD22

    ZXD22 Senior Contributor

    Too much of anything is bad for you, even too much of a good thing can turn into a bad thing in the long run. So yes many addictions are bad in a way.
  18. Coolkidhere

    Coolkidhere Community Champion

    When you are addicted to something and it hinders you from functioning well, either when you have it or you do not, then that addiction is bad. Example, you are addicted to caffeine and without it you feel tired and sleepy but with so much of it, you feel hyper and tense, then that addiction is bad.

    Sometimes you are addicted to something in a good way. Like when you are addicted to reading but you do not let it interfere with your life. You still do outdoor activities etc. Then that addiction is good.

    Remember that too much of something is not good!!
  19. Damien Lee

    Damien Lee Community Champion

    Well, some addictions can be beneficial to a certain extent. Workaholics are a prime example, they will work incredibly hard and achieve a lot. However, spending so much time working may harm their personal and family life. That's not really good, as it's better to have a balance in life. But even if the workaholic experiences a divorce or alienation, he or she will likely prosper financially due to their addiction to working hard.
  20. lexinonomous

    lexinonomous Community Champion

    I'm pretty addicted to reading at the moment and I don't think that's a bad addiction. I was going to say that it isn't healthy to be addicted to anything, but now that I'm thinking about it...I have some pretty harmless addictions. I think the only thing coming out of my reading addiction is that my brain is getting a bit stronger. In short, no...I don't think all addictions are bad.