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Old 02-17-2007, 08:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Addiction or "habit"?


How do you know whether your dependency on alcohol is an "addiction" or just a really, really bad habit that needs to be broken down?

Sometimes I can go for a week or so without alcohol and be perfectly fine. And when I trace my cravings, they seem to follow quite clear and determinate patterns, as if they were just bad habitual grooves or destructive coping-strategies. I know I have a problem with how I use alcohol, but how do I know that this behaviour is reflecting of an addiction versus simple ill-discipline?
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Old 02-17-2007, 08:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Back before I realized that I was addicted I used the "habit" crutch for years. I'd say if you can't go a full month (Sober) then you really need to take a deeper look at yourself, your circle of friends and what if any effects alcohol has on your life.
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Old 02-17-2007, 08:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If you can stop today, and stay stopped with no problems at all, then it's probably a habit.

A good way to find out is to stop for a specific time period, say three months, and see what happens. You should have your answers.
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Old 02-17-2007, 08:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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the thing that always comes to mind when folks ask this question is the fact that addiction is a progressive disease...that's worth thinking about?

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Old 02-17-2007, 09:11 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I know I have a problem with how I use alcohol,
That was the clincher for me. I also used the "habit" excuse (I also used to say that drinking was just a hobby) until I asked, "Why don't I have more habits that aren't a problem?"


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Old 02-17-2007, 09:28 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 02-17-2007, 11:52 AM   #7 (permalink)
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A problem or a habit? Well, if it is stopping you from doing things you need to do, I guess it really doesn't matter what it is called. Does it?

I quess either way if you don't want the problems that come with it, you should probably quit, if you don't mind the problems, then you probably won't.

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Old 02-17-2007, 12:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I guess when you find yourself having to drink to cope with lifes every day emotions:fear,hate,love then you may think you have an addiction.

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Old 02-17-2007, 12:32 PM   #9 (permalink)
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There is a pamphlet or website that has like 12 questions about drinking "habbits." I answered 9 of the 12, "yes." I knew I had an addiction. There is also a post for reasons for quitting, which talks about what alcohol does to one's body and mind...that is what kicked me in the butt and made me tell myself that I never have to drink again...hope this helps...good luck...
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