The Cause(s) of Addiction?

Today at the ‘office’ the subject of addiction came up in conversation. The specifics related to tobacco, as opposed to any other substance however; addiction has a relevance to all manner of substance and for that matter, even some behaviours to an extent.

I have always believed that many so-called ‘addictions’ are more the result of habit and/or peer pressure, often compounded by ambient circumstances and social factors. It appears I’m not alone with that assumption…

It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned — and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we have been told a story about addiction by our teachers and by our governments… The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Thinkhttp://huff.to/1J4GOXv

What are your thoughts on ‘addiction’ and even more importantly, as a society, are we doing enough to combat the issues… Correctly?

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About Dave Hasney

National Coordinator for UK SMART Recovery - Previously a Recovery Worker and prior to that a Management Consultant and H&S Practitioner - Kept sane by Angling, Good Food, Real Ale & Wine - Cynical thoughts sometimes developed from others.

Posted on 22-01-2015, in Police, Society Babble and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I accept the state of ‘chemical’ addiction however, IMHO I honestly believe that “addictive behaviours’ are often the far more prominent (and difficult to deal with) issues at play.

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  2. I have always understood addiction to be the state whereby the body has become chemically reliant on the administration of the substance the person has chosen to imbibe. Until that point (it varies person to person) the label I’d use is addictive behaviour. It’s a grey area

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