The website: http://www.psychologytoday.com describes Addiction:
Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (e.g., alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity (e.g., gambling, sex, shopping) that can be pleasurable but the continued use/act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, relationships, or health. Users may not be aware that their behavior is out of control and causing problems for themselves and others.
I have these Addictions: alcohol, nicotine, tanning
The website: http://www.psychologytoday.com describes Habit (Formation):
Habit formation is the process by which new behaviors become automatic. If you instinctively reach for a cigarette the moment you wake up in the morning, you have a habit. By the same token, if you feel inclined to lace up your running shoes and hit the streets as soon as you get home, you’ve acquired a habit. Old habits are hard to break and new habits are hard to form. That’s because the behavioral patterns we repeat most often are literally etched into our neural pathways. The good news is that, through repetition, it’s possible to form new habits (and maintain them as well).
I have these Habits: alcohol, nicotine, tanning
A routine is like a habit or sequence that doesn’t vary. There are daily routines and dance routines, and maybe even daily dance routines.
My morning routine is to wake and not reach for a cigarette, but instead a cup of coffee, following by exercising and meditation, followed by my morning smoothie, then followed by instinctively reaching for a cigarette – in my case it is a cigarillo, writing & reading blog post, having a cigarillo. My mid-morning routine is having a cigarillo, going to the gym, having a cigarillo, eating lunch and instinctively tanning outside in the sun in the buff and having a cigarillo. My late afternoon routine is having a cigarillo, writing & reading blog posts, having a cigarillo, catching up on emails, having a cigarillo, and instinctively start drinking alcohol until bedtime and having cigarillos with all my drinks.
These are my routines, my habits, my addictions and most days I am comfortable with them and other days I am not.
Do addictions result from habits or is the reserve true? Do habits result into routines or is the reverse true?
As indicated in the definition for Addiction; ‘the continued use/act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities’. I am not trying to convey my additions are good for me, because in the long term, they most likely are not. But my additions do not interfere with my ordinary life as I continue to wake every morning knowing I have responsibilities and I complete them. I do not allow my addictions to dictate me to the point of not being productive and I feel a certain level of control over them.
My point to this post is I have a habit of being drawn to addictions and routinely have quit addictions and started the same addictions again time after time. So are addictions an issue or is it the routinely stopping and starting the habits of addictions the issue, or is it the habits that cause the routines of addictions the issue?