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Addiction is like a prison with no walls. Indeed, the term “addiction” is actually derived from a Latin term that means “enslaved by” or “bound to.” Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines addiction as “a strong and harmful need to regularly have something or do something.”

A non-profit site called HelpGuide.org and Harvard Health explain that addiction is an intense craving for something, a loss of control over its use and continuing involvement with it, regardless of how negative its consequences.

Those Who Suffer From Addiction
An individual who suffers from an addiction is often called an addict. But in an era of sensitive speech and political correctness, there may be those who feel that such a label is too strong. When it comes to working with — and working through — addiction, it is essential to communicate with honesty and candor with one’s self and with others, while also attempting to maintain compassion and patience.

Admittedly, it is difficult for those who have not experienced addiction themselves to comprehend the powerful influence that an addiction has on its victims. To the non-addicted onlooker, an addict’s behavior may appear to be purely selfish, foolish and self-destructive.

But the truth of the matter is, people with an addiction no longer have control over themselves, according to Medical News Today. When someone is addicted to something, the addict literally can’t control how much he or she depends on the addiction in order to cope with everyday life. According to the addict’s perception, he or she considers the addiction to be absolutely necessary for survival.

A Habit Versus an Addiction
There is a difference between a habit and an addiction, though it is important to note that habits can develop into addictions. A habit is something that is a conscious choice. A person with a habit can choose to stop at any time; whereas, a person with an addiction is no longer able to control his or her need to engage in the addictive behavior, due to a psychological or physiological dependence — or both.

In short, with a habit, you are in control of your choices, and with an addiction, you no longer have control over yourself or your choices.

If you find yourself locked away in a prison with no walls, we want you to know that Desert Solace is a place where those who suffer from the affects of addiction — specifically pornography and other sexually related addictions — can seek recovery in an environment of compassion, empathy and hope. Please feel free to call us right now for help and advice: (435) 817-1351.