What are you addicted to?

We all have guilty pleasures of some sort, right? But what defines an addiction? Where is the line between playing video games and being addicted to video games?

To me, an addiction is termed as such when you can’t stop doing it when you blow off your responsibilities and sabotage your relationships just to do it. When you spend all your money just to get it. When it harms you physically and mentally because you crave it when you don’t have it but get momentary relief when you have it.

Let’s see if I got that right:

An addiction is defined as a habit or practice that damages, jeopardize, or shortens one’s life but when ceased causes trauma; a pathological relationship to mood-altering experience that has life-damaging consequences.

I find myself to have addictive tendencies if I allow myself to fall into my whims. They say people with anxiety usually have some type of addiction.

I consider myself to be addicted to my phone, although not in the dictionary definition of the word but in the sense that I have to check my phone the moment I wake up and before I go to sleep and I compulsively reach for it whenever I’m bored. When I plan to just “check” my phone, like I did last night at 2 am when I woke up to go to the bathroom, I ended up on my Instagram for an hour! To me, that sends red flags and gets me to use the app Your Hour to control my phone use. According to Your Hour, I’m currently dependant on my phone, which is the correct term for it.

They defined phone addiction as being mentally and physically devoted to your phone.

There are many things you could be addicted to besides your phone (I won’t mention opioids, smoking, and alcohol because they are prohibited in Islam anyway), namely video games, TV shows, Etc.

I’m currently watching the TV show YOU about this guy who is obsessed with the version he wants to see of this girl and will kill anyone who tries to get in his way of being with her. I only watch 2 episodes a day. I know someone who watches one TV show after another, 15 episodes a day. To me, THAT is addiction. But then again, I don’t know if it’s affecting their responsibilities and relationships and wellbeing, so I can’t judge.

You can be addicted to a person (explains stalkers who are obsessed with certain people like the guy in YOU) or a feeling. I sometimes feel my need to be understood and heard and validated gets out of control but I curb the feeling as soon as I notice it. It helps to be very self-aware.

So what are you addicted to?

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