THE word addiction is used to describe different types of behavior. It has been overused so much that it has lost much of its meaning. The individual who enjoys watching a TV serial or plays PUBG might say that they are addicted to it. The same word will also be used to describe somebody who has lost almost everything to alcohol or drug abuse. It is obvious that in these two examples the word addiction is referring to two different things. The problem seems to be that many people mix up the words passion with addiction.
There are important differences between passion and addiction. The individual who feels passionate about an activity will experience strong emotions that encourage them to engage in it. This does not mean that they will develop physical or psychological symptoms if they fail to engage in it.
The other difference between addiction and passion is that the individual who is addicted, might no longer wish to engage in the substance abuse. They know what they are doing is highly destructive, but they are unable to stop.
Overall, passion benefits a person’s life while an addiction puts them into a downward spiral where they could lose everything. Addiction rips the life of the individual apart. It is vital that they quit this behavior as soon as possible.
Passion can be defined as a strong liking or desire for some activity or object. Those individuals who feel passionate about a hobby or job will be full of enthusiasm for it. They will be willing to put a great deal of effort and time into this activity because they know that they will be rewarded for this. It is this emotion of passion that has encouraged all human advancement and encouragement.
Addiction, on the other hand, can be defined as a physical or psychological dependence on a substance – most usually a psychoactive substance. To say that somebody is physically dependent means that they will become unwell if they try to abruptly stop using the addictive substance.
What some people mean when they say that a passion has turned into an addiction is that the behavior of the individual has become self-destructive. They have become so obsessed with their passion that it has begun to interfere with their ability to live a normal life.
Passion is a wonderful thing to have, but it should be tempered with a bit of balance. As the saying goes, people should always avoid putting all their eggs in one basket.
Fidhat Fayaz Drangay
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