ADDICT, ADDICTION;  From Latin, ADDICTUS: Meaning To devote.  Society tends to primarily identify the words addict and addiction when  attached to drug usage.  Drug use, though a possible issue upon itself (see Chemical Dependency, Substance Use Disorder), is a symptom.  Addiction is a distorted process of thinking, starting with a false belief system.  Addictive thinking is when the mind is devoted by necessity to preserving the above mentioned false belief system by justification which sets forth an impulsive, repetitious cycle of certain destructive behaviors, such as drug use.  We call this distortion of thinking with an auto- responsive action, Latent Impulsive Thinking  (Syndrome). 

CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY, SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER:  The American Psychiatric Association has altered these definitions 6 times. ( They actually wrote a revision.) The problem is these terms do not fit the definition of a medical disease which requires an etiology or identifiable sources such as a virus or cancer cell.  Quite simply, a person who is chemically dependent first builds a tolerance due to amounts and length of usage.  It takes more of the chemical to achieve the same effect.  The second criteria are withdrawals.  A withdrawal is the body craving and physiologically needing the chemical because it is lacking the chemical.  This physiological necessity of the substance does not happen with every drug.  A mental dependency is called addiction. (See Above.)  Substance use disorder is a very subjective measure of determining the effect substances have regarding a person's performance in life.  Examples of spending all one's money, losing a job, not coming home when said, etc., due to drug use. Depending on the number of issues a person answers as substance use related, a disorder is diagnosed. Though we here do not consider either as a disease per lack of etiology, we absolutely concur with the physiological evidence of tolerance and withdrawal of chemical dependency.   Substance use disorder has vastly different implications than chemical dependency, mainly the substance is a symptom.  Unlike chemical dependency where take the substance away, the physiological dependency  goes away, with substance abuse or disorder the substance masks the underlying disorders.   All chemically dependent are substance use disordered.  Not all substance use disordered are chemically dependent.  By our terms, there is no disease called alcoholism or drug addict or obesity. A bottle, a pill, or a calorie are not the sources of disease.  They are problematic lifestyle choices and problems are acquired solely by the choice.  Otherwise any behavior can be a disease.  There can be secondary diseases created like cancer or liver disease, or heart disease.  Behaviors are symptomatic.  For more information, please read 'Changes", 'Consciously Pause', and Latent Impulsive Thinking on this site.  Just hit the button.    

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CO-DEPENDENCY-ENABLING: These important terms are very common in usage, and neither appears to be definitive or precise in their explanation.  We believe both these identifiable traits are of severe concerns.  Simply, Co-dependency is a person who contributes to the destructive behaviors of another, whether at times knowingly or unknowingly for the purpose to fulfill the needs of the co-dependent, not for the control, harm or any other intent directed to, or regarding the other person.  Enabling is consciously manipulating for the control of another person, knowingly and with the justification of thought, regardless of the danger and harm being contributed to the other person

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DISEASE: An abnormality with precise etiology. Cancer cells and virus strains are examples of an etiology needed as scientific proof for the proper diagnosis of a specific disease and source of symptoms.  This definition is not without exception or controversy.  In 1956, after the discovery of the double helix, the American Medical Association classified alcoholism as a disease based on the assumption science was going to have its etiology through a gene source.  To be safe, the AMA did classify alcoholism as a disease under the guise of the Psychiatric Association because of their nomenclature nature. Seven decades later, perhaps the most sought-after gene in history, is still undiscovered.
In 2013, The American Medical Association classified obesity as a disease.  This was opposed by their own Council on Science and Public Health (CSPH), who did the overruled, determinate research, and concluded obesity was a lifestyle choice.  (American Medical Association (AMA) 2013 Annual Meeting.)

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Internal triggers are emotions and state of being that is also called pushing someone's button's that cause an auto- impulsive redundant response.  External are getting cut-off, an advertisement, the weather, etc.  Anything that triggers exactly as an internal trigger.  A trigger hits our Central Nervous System (Our Buttons), which sends a message to the brain via neural pathways.  Over time with repetition, the CNS will have burnt a direct electrochemical or neural pathway from the trigger point to the same location in the brain like continually walking a path in the woods. First, the trigger, then the same path to the brain, the brain's same command, and the same response.  Addictive thought, impulsive action.