An addiction is, according to www.dictionary.com:
So any activity or substance that becomes
you need to do it and cannot control the craving) is considered an
Note: adrenalin is a very common natural drug created by the body. Strong sensations will trigger the production of adrenalin, potentially making it addictive..
First off, in Buddhism there is no Good and Evil.
only productive and counterproductive behaviors toward your goal of
ending suffering for yourself and other sentient beings.
This being said, the Buddha gave us the Noble eightfold path as a guide to attain our main goal, the end of suffering or in this case, addiction. In it he mentions some precepts that demonstrate that any mind-altering substances should be avoided as they are working against our efforts to attain Nirvana.
One of them is the Right Mindfulness. This is being aware at all time of what our body and mind is feeling, needing, doing.
When we are taking drugs, alcohol or even watch TV, we numb our mind and even our body which stops the painful feelings. In this scenario, Right Mindfulness is not observed.
We should act in a way as to not hurt ourselves or others. It includes, not taking lives, not stealing, not engaging in sexual misconducts and by extension, not taking substances that destroy our heath. Tobaccos, drugs and foods in excess all endanger our health even if it is a very slow process. Dangerous activities that endanger our safety or the safety of others like drunk driving, arson, fighting and street racing are all dangerous behaviors.
Addictions are simply desires and cravings (that we all experience as part of being human) on steroids. They are big, strong and out of control.
The addiction overshadows the sense of self and the
sense of pleasure is twisted to the point that it can only come through
the addictive behavior. Thus addicts lose control of their
and surrender to Dukkha, craving and suffering.
When questioned, addicts often deny any problems or, when
it will often blame it on external factors, on what other people have
done to them or what life has given them (or failed to). In
case, it is important to explain the concept of karma to them.
Thankfully addictions can be helped. It is never
instantaneous, but neither is life. There are many ways to
control addictions and many rehab systems use Buddhism and meditation
as tools to get a grip back on our lives and fight the addiction.
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