Originally posted by return_to_hades
Drugs and alcohol addiction is completely different from an addiction to the internet, TV or video games. The chemicals in drugs and alcohol alter your brain, causing chemical dependencies. Different substances have different addiction rates, different body impact and different quitting rates. Caffeine, Nicotine and alcohol all are different. Recreational drugs are different from hard drugs.
These can be really difficult because the entire bodies state of being is altered and withdrawal symptoms are highly physical including fever, shivering etc.
On the other hand other addictions like IF or gaming etc are purely psychological/social addictions. Your brain is not altered or impacted in any way. The dependency is completely created because of a mental state of being you enter when indulging in this. Withdrawal symptoms are not physical but more psychological like depression, longing, irritation, boredom etc.
Some feel that chemical dependencies are physical, visible and can be treated through medical procedures - but since psychological dependencies have no physical aspect to cure, it can be harder to break someone from a mental cycle. But a psychological dependency on net or games to the extent of chemical dependencies are very rare. Most people only feel they are addicted, but mostly are at a state where they are just obsessed. If push comes to shove, its easy to quit things like net or games - but once dependent on a drug - people can't quit even if their life depended on it.
Chemical dependencies are definitely much more dangerous, have far reaching consequences and need priority in addressing.
I believe certain drugs can be consumed responsibly without overuse or addiction. It depends on the mental resolve and responsibility of the individual.
There are some extreme cases where behavioural tendencies seem almost incurable!