As each of us passes through life, at one time or another, we will be confronted with a crisis. Are we going to deal with it by drinking, smoking, eating, cheating, or other? Are we letting bad habits predict our lifestyles of addiction, which will be a part of our everyday living? What is addiction and to what can one become addicted? I would give the definition as a compulsive physiological need for a habit or feeling to be satisfied, formed in the same part of the brain.
Because I abuse drinking, either during crisis or not, am I an alcoholic? Every chance I get, I watch pornographic material. Am I a sex addict? Am I addicted to power and money when I am dishonest and use whatever means to obtain status and wealth? I just can't resist eating food whether I'm stressed or not. I know I'll gain more weight, but I can't control myself. Food satisfies my anxious feelings. Because I smoke several packs of cigarettes a day and use marijuana and snort and shoot meth and cocaine, but tied to quit, having no will power to do it; am I addicted? People become upset with me because I like things clean, using stringent cleaners to avoid germs and I go behind people straightening, mopping, sweeping and make everyone, even guests take off their shoes so no dirt is tracked in. Is this addiction?
If we are religious, the scriptures tell us that our bodies are temples of God and we should take care of them both physically and psychologically. There are many types of addictions that we may call a habit. If we have an addiction, there is help out there that deals with helping those with problems. Clergy could direct, but only if we are willing to help ourselves.
Jerome R. Willden