Addictions or Habits or Routines

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

The website: http://www.psychologytoday.com describes Routines: could not find a significant description and instead here is one from http://www.vocabulary.com:

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?

5 thoughts on “Addictions or Habits or Routines

  1. To ME (whose opinion isn’t worth anything except to me)…the answer to your question “Are the addictions an issue or is the interruption of routine the issue, or is it the habits…”? is that (again to ME) you’re over thinking the whole thing. I belong to a pretty strict religion. And at the beginning of this summer I began to do a thing which is against the ‘rules’ of my religion. I went to my clergy and confessed it and you know what my clergy said to me? (paraphrased) “Don’t OVERTHINK it.” In other words (to me) if you can make peace with it and you can make peace with God (in my case), then follow your instincts, they’re more reliable than your BRAIN.” Which makes sense to me. I still have my little problem and I do the things I think are sensible to try to deal with it. I also realize that I’m human and sometimes will fall off the horse. Will indulge in something that doesn’t hurt anyone else but me. If YOU feel the same about your addictions and you take sensible precautions, I say enjoy your life. Cigarillos, tanning and all..

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    • Thank you very much – you are correct I should not overthink it! I so enjoy my life as it is, but sometimes am bothered by addictions, but then again I am most likely overthinking again. That might be a good post title ‘Overthinking Again.’ Thanks for you input, I honestly appreciate your words. 🙂

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  2. I was a functioning addict once, or maybe twice, or maybe through a period of my life. My addiction didn’t interfere with work, ‘enhanced’ my social life. It maybe ruined my ability to concentrate…I smoke too and it is the habit, which becomes autonomous – I reach for one without consciously wanting one, is the hardest to break (for me). Wishing you luck on your quitting journey.

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