Psychological Today defined addiction as ” a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (e.g., alcohol,cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity (e.g., gambling, sex, shopping) that can be pleasurable but the continued use/act of which beccompulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, relationships, or health.” (https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/addiction).
Merriam Webster defined addiction as the following(http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/addiction)
a strong and harmful need to regularly have something (such as a drug) or do something (such as gamble)
an unusually great interest in something or a need to do or have something
I like Merriam Webster’s definition way better because this definition applies all of us. I cannot think of someone I don’t know who has the impulsive to do things they enjoy in the cost of attending to their families and loves one, at some point in their life.
However, there is one element that both definitions missed, that is, addiction, is a way that Satan uses this world to control our mind. I know, if you are an atheist reading my blog, you probably is thinking “what kid of bullshit” is this. That is ok. People hold different viewpoints. I hope you can bear with me and keep on reading.
The reason I think addiction is one of Satan’s weapons is because once we are addicted to something, we are delusional. One person who is a heavy user of marijuana described life to him as if it were from a dream.” The temporary feeling of “in a dream” and “feeling great” is so powerful that we can just say to ourselves “forget about God”.
I am not a drug addict, but I am addicted to romantic drama, like many girls in this world. I know it is stupid, but once I start to watch a show, I cannot stop. Recently, I am watching a Korean drama. Yesterday, it was episode 19 and only 1 episode left. After I finished episode 19, I felt like all I wanted to do in this world at that moment was to look for episode 20, to find out what happened. Of course I knew what happened-the couple getting married and having kids , the usual ending. However, I cannot control the urge to search, even though many websites have virus, and I need to get up to work tomorrow.
I hope you can see that what happened to me at that moment. I exposed my mind to something that was just not God wanted. It is delusional because what it does to me is that I start to an unreachable expectation toward my marriage. And it creates self pity. I don’t think many husbands are as romantic as those ones in a drama. This delusional thoughts sometimes would occupy my mind as I am working-thinking about how much the actor loved the actress. I have to say, some people are especially susceptible to being addicted to dramas. I am one of them. For somebody, they are less susceptible. By the way, I think addiction to drug and addiction to things like drama are essential the same. In both cases, you stop doing what God wanted and start doing what Satan wanted.
What I have learned? I need to be careful about what to expose my brain to. Once Satan gets in there, it is hard to get rid of him. The most cost-effective way is to not to let yourself expose to it at all. Expose yourself to something that is from God, something holy, pure, and have eternal value, like help those in need. More and more, I appreciate the fact that God gave me free will. I become stronger and more reflective as I live my life and make decisions. When I make a good decision, I come a step closer to God. When I make a bad decision, I am several steps closer to Satan.