Are addictions good?

It answers questions about substance abuse, its symptoms, different. We know that drug and alcohol addiction can be deadly, which is extreme, but there are also many unhealthy addictions. This is the question: Are there healthy addictions? The answer is not as clear as you might think. Science has confirmed that addiction is a chronic brain disease that can happen to anyone.

Despite this, there is still a popular belief that addiction is the result of a weak character or moral defect. We say that addiction should be analyzed in the same way that we view other chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cancer. If this is true, why aren't those diseases viewed with stigma and shame in the same way as addiction? Is there such a thing as “positive addiction”? It sounds contradictory. But what exactly is addiction? An issue of the Harvard Mental Health Charter informs us that this is an uncontrollable desire and long-term use of a substance.

The idea of desire was highlighted in research from the 1990s, summarized by Daniel Goleman in the “Science” section of The New York Times. Rats stimulated in key areas of the mesolimbic dopamine system, part of the mammalian midbrain kept pressing on a bar to maintain stimulation; they kept pressing it even though they were offered food, and in fact they were starving instead of giving up the pleasure provided by stimulation. Understanding the difference between addiction and habit can be difficult at first, because addiction doesn't depend on the time spent or the amount consumed. People who have a lot of money have developed an addiction to being smart with it, rather than spending money to fund more negative addictions.

People with unhealthy addictions feel compelled to carry out their addictive behaviors because their brains don't work as designed. Whoever said that drinking addiction is unhealthy clearly didn't consider drinking water addiction. And they would also agree that the obsession with eliminating addiction itself becomes an addiction at some point. Gabor Mate, an Israeli-Canadian addiction expert, defines conventional addiction as any behavior that one engages in on a consistent basis that cannot be stopped despite experiencing negative consequences.