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It is "Addiction" or Is It "Over-Use"?
Posted Jan 07 2009 6:52pm
I like to do a lot of things - - - but are they overuse or addiction?
I enjoy the internet.
I shop, especially buying books!
I love to nap.
And love eating chocolate.
I use sunscreen moisturizing lotion keep my skin vital.
Though these are just a few of my unique behaviors, only one is an
. Another is
. And the remaining ones are activities and behaviors that I can curb without difficulty.
So, what's the addiction? -------------->Chocolate.
And I have an over-use book-buying habit.
It is important to distinguish between OVER-USE of a substance or an activity and a compulsive ABUSE or ADDICTION to a substance or an activity.
For many people, the line between OVER-USE and ABUSE is not clear.
Is surfing the net every day over-use or abuse?
Is having a beer every day over-use or abuse?
Is checking the sports baseball stats each week over-use or a gambling addiction?
Is having sex frequently over-use or an addiction... or is just an aspect of an active libido?
What about watching video game playing?
Dr. John Grohol over at
has a great post about internet over-use and addiction, and about.com looks at substance addiction and over-use
. And my blog-buddy at
Anxiety Addictions and Depression Treatments
has numerous posts on the subject.
What are your addictions?
What do you overuse?
And when do you know if treatment is necessary?
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