Addiction: n. compulsively desiring a subset(s)
You can be addicted to drinking soda, coffee, etc., food, shopping, exercising, sex, legal and illegal drugs and alcohol, smoking, pornography, gambling, lying, reading, hand washing, and hundreds of other compulsive bad habits which can devastate your life or make it very dysfunctional. Some of these addictions are so pleasurable that only the fear of death or financial ruin will eventually cause you to stop them.
If you are addicted to a chemical substance with severe withdrawal symptoms and desperately want to quit then you may have to consult a professional doctor who can minimize the withdrawal symptoms and place you in a rehab center if you can afford it. Addictive chemical habits can’t change overnight and relapses are very common even with professional help.
The best advice to your offspring is don’t get addicted in the first place and avoid all the guilt, cravings, and eventual crises which frequently follow a series of temporary addictive highs.
The best way to cure addictions is to replace them with good habits that you enjoy doing but be aware that acquiring a good pleasurable habit may take more than two months of self-motivated practice or performance to make it a permanent part of your life.
Destroying an addiction on your own is almost impossible to do in many cases and the best advice is to get a professional, family, close good friends, a support group or all four to motivate you to quit your addiction. If you have supportive caring humans to help you break an addiction then the probability that you will succeed greatly increases.
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