Habit vs Addiction: How they affect our lifestyle in day to day life

We all have some types of habits either good or bad in our day-to-day life. Habit includes the regular behavior that becomes harder to give up as long as that behavior continues. Habit comprises those activities that make our essential routine in a regular manner like bathing, having a meal or going to college, etc. It also comprises of those activities that are not good to happen like getting up late in the morning or sitting in bad posture. This sequence of this behavior in a continuation manner can become consistent as time passes like Addiction.

It is truly said that,

If you do something daily but willingly, then that’s a habit. You do but if not willingly, then it’s an Addiction.

Amar Tagala

Addiction: a serious form of habit

Addiction is an urge to do a repetitive task that is hard to control. It comprises taking cigarettes, taking alcohol, or drugs including weed, hash, cocaine, or heroin. Addiction is a powerful and excess of something that results in negativity. If you are repeatedly consuming knowing its harmful effects that means you are addicted to it. This kind of addiction can harm you according to your intake amount or no. of times you are taking it.

This could even result in the death of a person if taken in excessive amounts that the body couldn’t handle.

This image shows that how mind is locked up, forced and controlled by the addiction.

You can be addicted to someone as well whom you want in your life. Addiction can be of sexual desires too where you couldn’t stop yourself to fulfill them. One will crave to get it. You will start feeling uncomfortable and anxious till you have it with you. You will feel difficult to live without it. Once you have it, you will feel like heaven.

And slowly and gradually it will become part of your survival. When it comes to addiction, it becomes difficult for people to take decisions because of their dependence on that substance or someone.

American Psychiatric Association says,

People with addiction have an intense focus on things such as alcohol or drugs, to the point that it takes over their life.

American Psychiatric Association

Controversial thoughts on Addiction

Addiction is a highly controversial word as people relate it with negativity. There are 5 controversies people use to have about addiction. These are:

If you’re addicted, you’re a bad person.

The world uses to view addiction as a moral failure, that’s why they call the addict a bad person because only a bad person suffers it.

Is Addiction a choice or a Disease?

As drugs change some of the interactions in the brain’s circuitry, it can lead to long-term side effects and self-destructive behaviors. But others believe that addiction is a choice because nobody forces the person to pick up a liquor bottle.

This image shows that how a person is affected by drug addiction.

Being sober or sober living homes: Good or Bad?

Some people believe that in this modernization, we shouldn’t be sober and should at least try things like these to enjoy addicted things in life. Hence, they put peer pressure in their circle. Others saying that they don’t want “those people” living near them.

But principles of sober living homes will let you know that these communities are absolutely best for an addict for recovery. The sense of community they provide is an important factor in the successful transformation from treatment back into the main society. Without sober living homes, abusers are much more prone to relapse.

 Is “Rock Bottom” to get help?

“Rock bottom” happens when a person faces the horrible consequences of addiction like losing a relationship, a home, or job or put into arrest or accidental activities or overdosing.  “Bottoming out” can help someone to seek treatment, though it can be life-threatening, and cause damages that are not repairable to suffer further ahead.

Should addicts be punished or treated?

Society wants addicts to be there behind bars as they don’t like them. They think that that is where they should belong to. One believes that they are in trouble and they need help to get healed. So there are various rehabilitation centers that help them technically following various procedures if they really want to get healed.

As addiction could ruin life socially as well as mentally, one can try what they want in their life.

But remember not to involve themselves in this trap of addiction.

AUTHOR: Aashi Bansal


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Aashi Bansal
Hey! I am a senior content writer at AkashBaani. Being young, introverted, and inquisitive, I'm the girl having all the shades of dramatics. I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep. Hope you will like my articles.
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