Renu cannot start her day without a strong cup of coffee – but to understand whether it is a habit or an addiction, we need to first understand the difference between the two. The difference between the two is not always clear – as coffee drinking can be both a habit and an addiction. For example, if Renu drinks that coffee just to kick-start her day it can just be a habit, on the other hand, if she cannot function through the day without her first cup of coffee then it is an addiction. While habits can be difficult to break, an addiction is even harder and sometimes can land to life-threatening consequences.
Our lifestyle is highly habitual and 80% of our day is based on our autopilot response. We repeat the same actions day-in and day-out with set and defined pattern. Habit is something that you do on a regular base on a temporary ‘feel good’ response triggered by the brain. It can be good like regular exercise or bad such as junk food. Habit can be easily broken with the right motivation.
Addiction on the other hand is a habit that has become reinforced and you are compelled to use or do something in order to deal with. Extended indulgence in a substance or activity can lead to addition. Practices like cigarette smoking or alcohol consumption can be both and it depends on the mindset of the individual.
The human brain classifies habit and addiction based on the tolerance created to vice. The requirement of a substance to get the same feeling of goodness increases over time, increasing the tolerance level. For example, alcohol or drugs lead to a ‘feel good’ response, but the craving associated with the same makes it difficult to stop without any external help. This craving is called a physical addiction.
Habit going out of control
Signs that tell you if your habit is converting into an addiction:
- Feeling of anxiety or inability to handle a situation if the vice is unavailable
- Withdrawal from the social company, work and social responsibilities, etc.
- Negative impact on work and everyday jobs
- Defensive or aggressive behaviour
Common types of addiction
- Illicit drugs
- Mobile phones
- Online gaming
Addiction is always due to the release of dopamine (the happy hormone) in the brain. The happiness or pleasure derived is the only reason to maintain the attraction towards an addiction.
The first step toward breaking an addiction is to recognise the problem and its unhealthy or detrimental effects. NLP and Hypnotherapy is a widely endorsed process to combat and break that addiction. Seek the help of a professional who is experienced at assisting with addiction recovery. Altering your thoughts at the subconscious levels into motivating you to achieve the expected results can break down any kind of addiction.
Here at Renaé, we believe that NLP and Hypnotherapy can create positive intentions to counter the mechanisms of cravings mediated by neurons in the midbrain. To get rid of a bad habit or a drastic addiction, connect with us to seek expert advice regarding your situation.