The Science of Addiction | Infographics

Sep 6, 2013     No Comments    Posted under: Infographics

Believe it or not, habits and addictions go hand-in-hand. In fact, a lot of addictions were at one time a habit before they evolved and the individual became much more dependent.

Humans have very addictive personalities by default. More than fifty percent of our lives are habitual, which means nearly everything we do is performed through habit or repetition. Throughout our day we repeat actions, thoughts and even speak in loops. That is exactly why it is so hard to change. Most of the time, we don’t even realize how dependent we are on a particular substance or practice.

It doesn’t take much for a habit to become an addiction. One could argue that repetition alone is a significant cause. On average, it takes about 66 days to form a habit, and when a habit has become a regular activity it could loosely be considered an addiction.

The Science of Addiction | Infographics


The Science of Addiction | Infographics


According to the Medilexicon’s medical dictionary, “addiction is a habitual psychological dependence on a substance or practice that is beyond voluntary control.”

Every habit starts with a psychological pattern before it evolves into something more serious. If a person is in direct control of the situation, meaning if they can successfully control whether or not the habit is carried out, then they can very easily break the cycle.

Once you lose that control and you are unable to stop a habit, it becomes dangerous. As strange as it sounds, any habit can become an addiction with the right ingredients and the right amount of time. Some habits are not so harmful, like engaging in fifteen minutes of exercise every day, or brushing your teeth before bed. That being said, there are a good amount of habits that can lead to detrimental harm.

How does one go about breaking the habit cycle?

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