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    dots Submission Name: Addictiondots

    Author: rubymoon
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    What is addiction? I believe, if I am not wrong, it is normally described as being dependant on something so much that the person can’t live without it. If it is described that way, does that mean that we are all addicted to air? When is it an addiction and when is it a necessity? What is the difference? How do one tell when an addiction crosses over to a necessity?

    Addiction to alcohol, drugs, love, pain, etc... We use the word “addiction” so easily, condemning a person with the label “addict”. How would it be like if another life form came and said that we, humans, that are addicted to oxygen I can already see what we humans would say, “That’s absurd”, “We can’t live without it! Therefore it’s a necessity”... or at least words to that effect.

    What is one person’s addiction maybe another’s necessity. Like in the example, it seems that we “normal” people are a different species as to those “addicts”. Not understanding why they do what they do, why they need it, etc. Again I would pose this question. What is the difference between necessity and addiction? Is it as clear cut as we made it out to be?

    Disclaimer: I do not condone addictions or usage of substances without reason but I am trying to promote understanding and acceptance of self and others

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      I believe addictions come in many forms, and it is a different category from necessity

    In my personal opinion

    Necessity is where it becomes the foundation to carry out life basis requirements to either function or be carried out to uphold higher ideals in life, such as air, water, food, shelter, and in some cases as time evolves humanity, necessities include, money, transportation, medicine, and much more...

    Addiction? an addiction like I said, comes in many forms, but to me, it is quite true in light of what u say, addiction is a form of dependance till the self cannot function without it or collaspes into disfuction, such as drugs or alcohol...an addiction is always and almost in the territory of desperation and/or uncontrolled desire, which leads to many many costly and terrible moves...

    Isnt it funny, that the emotions spawned by addiction is as powerful as the emotions spawned by love or hate...

    "what seperates them, are just words, given by us..."
    | Posted on 2008-12-02 00:00:00 | by FallenAngelJC | [ Reply to This ]
      I agree with AIM in that addiction has come to mean something more than just 'something needed'. In its truest sense, I would say addiction entails a pathological relationship to something that changes us from what we 'normally' are. This change is usually bad.

    I don't know how meaningful it is to describe addiction as something that is simply 'needed'; there is a large psychological component to addiction which I don't think you've encapsulated.

    Interesting thoughts though, especially when you consider the way we use the word these days- addicted to a person etc. which I feel trivializes the word a bit.

    Anyway nice musings, ciao.
    | Posted on 2008-11-26 00:00:00 | by Civilian | [ Reply to This ]
      An intruiging conception. In my view, however, addiction is being dependant on something that is bad for you. Oxygen isn't bad for you - necessity. Gambling is. Alcohol is. Drugs are. Addiction. Addiction. Addiction. I think you determine what is an addiction and what is a necessity by first determining what has negative affects on us, and what has positive or neutral affects. In this case, love and pain are subjectively addictive.

    You've got a good piece, my friend, but I thought that what I've said would be obvious.

    - A.I.M
    | Posted on 2008-11-25 00:00:00 | by AIM | [ Reply to This ]
      This is actually an interesting take, i enjoyed seeing a new side to the subject of addiction. I can see your point of view and will keep it in mind...

    but as joachim said, an addiction is usually something overdone, overused.

    so thanks for the new ideas! I'll have to come back and read more of your stuff later when I have time.

    | Posted on 2008-11-25 00:00:00 | by CourtneyLynne | [ Reply to This ]
      Hi there RubyMoon I like your picture quite cute!
    Great stuff. Yes I agree your flow of argument. My English may seem a bit awkward because I am not English. All Thns to my spellchecker though.
    Addiction to my simpleminded thoughts is that the word stands on its own parameters.
    Add – is something additional to as substance or custom or action that precedes the substance referred to. So I will say add-diction is an add-on or added to something natural which makes the substance overloaded overcrowded over simplified or over and above what it was intended for in its normal use. Anyway – I would be honoured when you add your comment on one of my poems. Sweet Adding great One. Luv Joachim.
    | Posted on 2008-11-25 00:00:00 | by Joachim | [ Reply to This ]
      let me guess....you're addicted to Smug Doug?

    well here's a news flash

    HANDS OFF THE MERCHANDISE, if you're going to call me things in a poem please don't call the Smug One air...oxygen... or anything else of that nature....

    you got that!?

    anyway despite looking too long to read I read it... and yeah.... you're addicted alright...
    to Doug
    thank you
    | Posted on 2008-11-25 00:00:00 | by Smug_Doug | [ Reply to This ]

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