Two Types of Addiction


I believe that there are two main types of addiction:

1) Those that form as a result of some kind of dysfunction, sin, or wound within us.

2) Those that form because we’re “caught” by something external which is designed to be addictive.

Of course, the two can and do overlap. Often. But I’ve found “addiction by design” to be of particular interest lately.

I think it’s so important to recognize when anything has an unhealthy hold on our lives, including those things that are created to be compulsive.

A lot of the food we eat is engineered this way. Many videogames are designed this way. Who knows what else.

So I’m trying to become more aware of things that aren’t a problem because of me, but because of them.

The Apostle Paul wrote,

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. (1 Corinthians 6:12)

He was speaking in regards to sexual immorality, but I think there’s a larger principle we can latch onto: It’s not beneficial to be enslaved by anything.

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