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Old 06-07-2014, 03:22 PM   #66
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Originally Posted by Wannabeskinny View Post
Moderation is not seen as a tool, but it's a powerful one.
And moderation as a tool doesn't deny or diminish the addiction model. Many addicts are able to use moderation, especially for the soft addictions without strong physiological dependence.

Shopping addicts HAVE to use moderation, unless they are able to turn all their finances over to someone else. Sex addicts generally do not abstain from all sex their entire lives, they have to either redefine abstinence or learn some form of moderation.

Clinically there's a distinction between eating disorders, substance abuse, ocd, and impulse control issues, but there are more similarities than differences, making the addiction model useful in treating these disorders. So useful, that "addiction" has become the term many people with these issues self-identify as addicts. And the usefulness and use of the term, make it real.

That doesn't make all addictions equal. There are few situations in which a food addict will face severe legal consequences for their food abuse (not that it couldn't happen).

Clinical addiction isn't identical to the colloquial use of the word addiction, but that doesn't make the layman's definition nonexistent, especially just because you haven't experienced it.

Neither does the ability to use moderation (with lots of hard work, and perhaps not possible for everyone) negate the possibility of addiction (or something so much like addiction that the difference is inconsequential).
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