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What is the difference between Abuse and Addiction?

Asked by E. Reyes, Last updated: Jun 02, 2020

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Amla Amelia

Amla Amelia

Answered Mar 02, 2020

Abuse and addiction are two words that can be easily thought to be the same. Most times, when people are talking about the word 'addiction,' they usually tend to give it a meaning that goes perfectly with what you will get when you define the word 'abuse' itself. Abuse and addiction are two different words. As a noun, Abuse means an improper treatment or the application of something to a bad purpose.

As a verb, it means to misapply misuse to the point that it results in a wrong or bad end. Addiction, on the other hand, refers to a practice or habit that jeopardizes or damages one's life, which has now become a part of you. People are addicted to a lot of things. Addiction also means a compulsive indulgence in certain practices that are rewarding, which later result in various negative consequences. It is important to know that anything you incessantly abuse can turn to addiction.

 

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