Addiction – What Does It Actually Mean?

When you think of addition, one of the first things that comes to your mind is probably drugs. Don’t worry – because you are not alone in this way of thinking.

Most people would say that addiction basically stems from being unable to normal day to day things without taking a substance first. This means that even if you know you need to do something (even something as simple as going to work) without any drugs in your system or you won’t have your job anymore, you still have to have that drug hit before you go – so you’re risking your livelihood for the sake of getting drunks!

Most people would agree that this is one of the best ways to describe addition and how drug use relates to it. However  does that mean it is far to call an e cigarette smoker an addict? Obviously they still need their vape hit to get through the day, but seeing as it doesn’t have the same possible dire outcome as drugs, is it fair to compare the too?

Carl Philip, a renowned e cigarette supporter has raised this questions – because he wants to understand better what it means to be an addict and whether it really is as black and white as many of us seem to think it is.

Actually when you look into it there is no  scientific definition of addiction. The word could be used to describe someone who can’t get through the day without chocolate just as much as it could be describe someone who uses class A drugs to get through the day – but is it fair to class both of these as an addiction?

What Does This Have To Do With E Cigarettes?

When you talk about the benefits of vaping, you’ll always get someone who insists that you are still addicted to nicotine, so that they actually can’t be that good for you

While researching all of this Carl has come to the conclusion that addiction should cover more than just needing something. Instead he feels:

  • It should be a situation like a drug smoker, where it is quite extreme
  • It needs a more definite definition.
  • It cannot be so broad that it is just something that is bad for us – because that could be almost anything to some extreme.
  • Addiction should not be used as a substitute just for the word ‘use’
  • It should be something that is considered bad to be addicted.
  • Your behaviour should help define whether you are actually addicted.

He basically says you cannot be addicted just because you regularly want something – instead your behaviours affect all of this and what the definition is. He feels that it needs more of a definition and that we need more of a clarification as to what addiction could be.