How do you Define Addiction?

How would you define addiction? Personally, I feel like there are several things people can become addicted to or dependent on. Not all of these things sound bad at first however, any one thing that causes a person to neglect responsibilities such as family, friends, financial obligations, work and or school should be considered an addiction. For example; I have been addicted to clean eating and fitness, my husband at the time used to tell me if I put half of the effort into him and our family then our lives would be perfect.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say:

Addiction is a brain disorder characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli, despite adverse consequences.[8] Despite the involvement of a number of psycho-social factors, a biological process – one which is induced by repeated exposure to an addictive stimulus – is the core pathology that drives the development and maintenance of an addiction.[1][9] The two properties that characterize all addictive stimuli are that they are reinforcing (i.e., they increase the likelihood that a person will seek repeated exposure to them) and intrinsically rewarding (i.e., they are perceived as being inherently positive, desirable, and pleasurable)


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So, what are some things that you consider addictive and do you think it is fair to confront a loved one if you feel they are expressing addictive behavior in something that you are not comfortable with?


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