Originally Posted by TheNext44
They are completely different for the reason I stated. When you watch TV, it does not destroy a necessary chemical in brain that can only be replaced by watching TV.
Like I said, chemical addictions are physical, based on chemistry, not psychology. Being an addict is like being paralyzed. It's a physical condition that can be dealt with but not cured.
First thing you are taught in rehap is that you will be an addict until the day you die.
By the way, that is why people really aren't addicted to eating, watching TV, video games, sex... those addiction don't really exist. They are just a result of not enough will power. Still a real problem, but not an true addiction.
Why isn't it a true addiction? An addiction is an obsession or compulsion that consumes our behavior. It doesn't matter what kind of addiction is... if it's something we let consume us, it's an addiction.
And actually studies have shown that in fact many addictions (including television) alter brain patterns and dependencies. Chemicals of the brain are in fact altered by patterned behavior. So the reality is every addiction is something that affects our psyche.
So actually, no, overeaters, television watchers, (fill in the addiction here) are just as much 'addicts' as anyone else. But like every other addict, they are capable of overcoming their addiction if they apply themselves.