I consider myself to be lucky that I’ve managed to only acquire one real addiction: caffeine. I’ve given it up several times over the years, but always slid back into its clutches. Given that, I have complete sympathy with those caught in the clutches of much more serious addictions, like nicotine, alcohol, prescription painkillers, or any of the illegal drugs.
This video gives a quick summary of the addiction experience. It’s worth watching, and remembering the next time you find something that is intensely pleasurable.