Addiction

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Addiction is a compulsive, harmful activity. Addiction often starts out as a seemingly innocent pleasure, often seduced/initiated into by liberals, only to consume the person pursuing it. Conservative values are an excellent way to combat addiction.

Virtually everyone faces challenges from some type of addiction. Conservative principles are highly effective in overcoming addiction. Religion can also help.

Addiction includes these highly destructive activities:

Addiction Comment Conservative help
overeating (obesity) shortens lifespan and causes many diseases fasting on Fridays in honor of Good Friday, and in general self-denial, portion control, frugality, and the "don't work, don't eat" mantra of the work ethic all help
video games causes dropping out from school, violence, and health problems liberals exploit teenagers with video games, turn them away from church and healthy relationships
drugs, illegal or prescription devastating harm is obvious, and includes deadly car crashes that kill innocent victims conservative concept of slippery slope cautioning against "just trying something"; also, reject peer pressure and self-indulgence
pornography does to the mind what drugs do to the body, enslaving and destroying the mind, degrading self-esteem, and leading to horrific crimes conservatives disfavor the media, of which pornography is a part; also, realize that pornographers are liberals who are exploiting weaker people
gambling 2-4% of adults and 4-6% of teenagers are addicted, and higher percentages lose money from it.[1] state-run lotteries are government at its worst: expanding the revenue of government at the expense mostly of the poor; private gambling is often based on taxpayer subsidies or deceiving the public
alcohol destroys the liver and causes tens of thousands of deadly car crashes annually; about 14 million Americans are alcoholics[2] nearly all beer companies are supporters of the Left
smoking very difficult to stop once one starts; shortens lifespan, causes heart disease and numerous other problems second-hand smoke interferes with others' rights and well-being; also, tobacco companies are supporters of liberal projects
Television, including watching many NFL games. wastes many hours each week in lost time, interferes with marriages, fosters emotional gambling, and can lead to obesity and time away from God unplug the NFL, recognizing that the NFL fleeces taxpayer of billions in subsidies and has become a Leftist tool to bully states against passing conservative legislation

Other addictions

Other additions include: Too much caffeine and obsession with celebrities.

Conservative power over addiction

Many addictions are promoted through the media, but conservative principles promote a healthy skepticism of the liberal media. The media do not exist to help anyone, but exist to make money for themselves and to promote a harmful liberal agenda. Without the media, gambling in lotteries would almost disappear, for example. In addition, lotteries are run by government and much of the proceeds go to government, which is not something conservatives support. NFL games would require going to the stadiums, paying a fortune in tickets, and freezing in the stands before becoming addicted to them.

History

Historically the term addiction was defined in terms of physically measurable symptoms of repeated drug use, such as tolerance (more drugs for the same effect) or withdrawal symptoms (illness caused by stopping use). Habituation referred to drug use that was psychologically habit-forming, but not necessarily physically addicting.

In the past 20 years, doctors have reversed the meaning of these words. Habituation now refers to using a drug that causes physical withdrawal symptoms. Addiction has become a term that refers to compulsive behavior that continues in spite of adverse consequences.

A consequence of these new definitions is that it is impossible to be addicted to a drug like Ritalin or Prozac if it is prescribed. It is not compulsive behavior if used as prescribed, and it is not adverse if a physician says that it is beneficial. It is also impossible to have "crack baby" or a "meth addicted baby".[3] It also means that a marijuana smoker is not necessarily addicted. If he likes what he is doing and he is able to function, then these experts would say that he is not addicted no matter how much marijuana he consumes.

More recently the definition has been expanded to include almost any type of compulsive and potentially self-destructive activity.

Examples of addictive drugs include: Heroin, cocaine, alcohol, and nicotine.

Examples of addictive behaviors include: work - work addiction, using the internet - internet addiction, excessive interest in sex - sex addiction.

Psychiatric diagnosis

The American Psychiatric Association lists two related diagnoses: substance dependence and substance abuse. To meet criteria for a diagnosis of substance dependence, at least three of the following symptoms must occur in the same 1-year period:

  • (a) tolerance (larger doses of the substance are needed to produce the same effect)
  • (b) withdrawal during periods of non-use
  • (c) using the substance more frequently or for longer periods than intended
  • (d) long-standing desire or unsuccessful attempts to stop or reduce use
  • (e) considerable time spent using the substance, making efforts to acquire the substance, and or recovering from its effects
  • (f) important activities are reduced or given up due to substance use
  • (g) continued use despite related negative physical or psychological effects.

A substance abuse diagnosis is given when one or more of the following symptoms occurs during a 1-year period:

  • (a) substance use leads to failure to fulfill important responsibilities
  • (b) substance use in situations where it is dangerous
  • (c) chronic legal problems stemming from substance use
  • (d) using despite related relationship problems[4]

Loneliness

We must forget about ourselves and serve others, watch over others as a shepherd watches over sheep. Loneliness is caused in part by thinking only of ourselves. [1]

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