sorry if this belongs somewhere else - let me know if it does.
All my textbooks which talk about addiction describe it as a compulsion to use a drug. In my opinion, thats kind of a shitty definition, because I have no idea what this compulsion feels like... Honestly, its about as helpful as telling someone who hasn't been burned before that it feels "hot!"
Is the only way to really understand, to become addicted myself?
What did being addicted feel like to you? In retrospect (or presently) do you think you could have stopped if you tried hard enough, or is willpower not a factor?
What, from your experience, would be required to stop?
What do you think causes somebody to become addicted to a drug?
Why is it that some people are able to use recreational drugs in moderation, whereas other people spiral out of control?
I know the answers are probably multi-faceted and subjective, but just your individual opinion is perfect; I'd like to hear what actual addicts have to say about addiction.