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    Addiction vs Compulsion?

    Can anyone explain to me the difference between addictive behaviour and compulsive behaviour?

    I am curious to know if I engage in behaviours addictively or compulsively, as it could affect how I look at overcoming the behavior.

    Thanks!
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    Addiction vs Compulsion?

    Last year's thread called Is self-injury considered an addiction? may be helpful for differentiating between the two, especially the post by HeartArt that gives excerpts from other sources like GoAskAlice.

    What's the difference between an addiction and a compulsion? - GoAskAlice
    "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Addiction vs Compulsion?

    Maybe one of the differences between an addiction and a compulsion is that with an addiction, there are usually symptoms of withdrawal when one is deprived of the thing that one is addicted to. I don't know if that's true of a compulsion.

    I spend a lot of time on the Internet, and at times become "compelled" to send more e-mails than usual, post on more message boards (like right now, in fact) and so forth. But when I leave my computer, I experience no withdrawal, no overwhelming urge to return to it.

    So maybe this is a distinction, I don't know.

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    Addiction vs Compulsion?

    It's a fine line sometimes. With "addiction", there is usually a development of tolerance (needing more and more over time) and significant withdrawal when the object/substance isn't available.

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