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Re: 1978 EPA Report
In a message dated 97-06-06 10:37:03 EDT, you write:
<< Anyway I'm not sure that addiction and habituation are all that different
I don't have any formal credentials in this area, but it
would be interesting to hear some input from a
psychologist, psychiatrist, or other professional
whose formal concerns include addiction.
I think a "habit" can be something innocent and non-
harmful. Taking a walk every evening can be a habit,
but certainly is not harmful.
I assume the term "addiction" indicates a special case
of "habit." In other words, all addictions are habits, but
not all habits are addictions. I think that addictions
are distinguished by the fact that they inflict some
degree of discomfort in the process of withdrawing, and
they have harmful long-term effects while nourishing
-- Michael Wright
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