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Which addiction do you think is hardest to break ?

Type: General

Submitted by graymane (31)
Cocaine/heroine 54% 25 Votes
marijuana and/or cigarettes 11% 5 Votes
over-eating 9% 4 Votes
gambling 2% 1 Votes
Sex and/or Porn viewing 17% 8 Votes
Alcohol 7% 3 Votes

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46 Votes Total

Jan 14, 2011

Poll Replies (34)

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james4096 (126) I only suffer from the porn viewing one, but the ones with the serious chemical dependencies have to be the toughest.
01-14-11  12:35am

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lk2fireone (194) The worst addiction is breathing. I am waiting for a gorgeous female vampire to bring me into the Life, where I won't have to breathe any longer. I just hope she isn't one of these new vegetarian twinkies from Twilight, because I respect the old-fashioned blood-chomping vampires that I grew up with.

But I think that james4096 is right, that a serious chemical-dependent addiction would be hard to break, because you have not only the psychological addiction but a chemical addiction as well.

01-14-11  01:01am

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graymane (31) Well, since I've never had any personal experience with any of the listed addictions....save ONE,
I then couldn't honestly make an accurate judgement as to which is the hardest to break.
So based on my knowledge of the one I have, and it's unyielding grip on my will-power and any frutless attempt to "break" it, I've voted it in as easily qualifying as the poll culprit.


If you haven't guessed by now a so-called addiction to the above, then the answer is clearly "watchin' the naked girlies do their thing." Yup, porn wins hands-down.

I do have another habitual demon -- which isn't listed but deserves a place along with the others --- affectionately known as "foot-in-mouth."
I don't think there's a cure for that either.

01-14-11  01:56am

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turboshaft (24) REPLY TO #3 - graymane :

If porn wins it's probably not a "hands-down" win. ; - )
01-14-11  02:56am

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turboshaft (24) Over-eating, because it's the only vice or "addiction" that we celebrate so universally, and along with gambling it's the only one listed here that you can really dive into so deeply as a form of recreation.

Frankly, I think it's hypocritical the way we demonize some things as purely evil--weed, coke, porn, sex--while we shovel bioengineered garbage down our throats and call it lunch. I don't think we should outlaw junk food (how else would we know our medical marijuana is working?) but don't turn around and tell me it's perfectly harmless or somehow morally superior to whatever substance makes someone else's body feel good.

01-14-11  03:07am

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graymane (31) REPLY TO #4 - turboshaft :

Touch, my fellow poll-dweller. Head's up call.
Indeed, "hands-down" is an incompatable term. But if you think about it, depending on one's body position ......the term could still be a valid one after all.. :=)

01-14-11  04:20am

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pat362 (367) I picked cigarettes but I would have prefered if there was an all of the above. If you're addicted to something than no matter what anyone else may say about how easy or hard it is to break. You know it's not going to be easy because if it was then you probably wouldn't have the addiction in the first place.
01-14-11  05:17am

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RustyJ (145) Where's caffeine?!?
01-14-11  06:46am

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yote78 (5) As the poll results bear out, cocaine and/or heroin are definitely the worst. They grab you by the throat and make your body crave more and more in order to get the same high. That's not to say that all the others mentioned don't do that...it's just that they don't "F" up your health so seriously in such a short time. And BTW, I don't think pot is all that addictive. I've been using it off and on for about 30 years and I've never had any problems during those times when I wasn't using it...same with tobacco. Thankfully, it seems I don't have a very addictive personality. I tried coke a couple times in college but I hated it. Heroin?...I don't even want to go there. Porn is the only thing I'm even close to addicted to, but porn's good for me, right?...so no problem!
01-14-11  07:47am

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Jay G (65) An addiction is something that is so misused that it disrupts one's lives and relationships, eventually making life miserable. Most porn users, then, are in no way addicts. In fact porn enhances relationships by making the user less desperate and needy regarding sex, therefore less likely to go blindly into bad relationships simply to have sex.

In the Bible belt of the USA where sex before marriage is a real no-no, many people get married to have sex, then divorced, making the Bible belt the highest divorce area in the USA.

01-14-11  09:17am

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jberryl69 (12) Mine was the 15th vote which means 11 people voted for Cocaine/heroin which makes me think that all 11 must have been addicted or currently smoke cigarettes.

All addictions have a mental part to it - Both Cocaine, heroin & cigarettes have an additional physical component, which might be why they are harder to overcome.

Both hard drug addictions have both laws and recovery centers to help overcome both elements so there is always hope there.

Cigarettes on the other hand are legal and there is little motivation other than a person's will power to stop - yeah there might be other social outside pressures to encourage you to stop (you smell like an ashtray), but I would venture that if all laws were off the books, cigarettes would still be the most addictive drug on the market.

I would have thought also that prescription drugs would have been included in this too since they really can be hard to kick, especially the physical part since you can die by going cold turkey on them and the mental addiction is just as rough as the others.

Besides, if you don't have one good addiction, life's not worth living - yeah porn!

Weed, on the other hand, does not really have physical addiction element just the mental hook to it and should be in a category on it's own.

01-14-11  10:46am

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Capn (28) I don't know, but I am not about to try them all to find out!

Cap'n. ;0)

01-14-11  11:03am

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graymane (31) REPLY TO #11 - jberryl69 :

A comprehensive, informing, and lively analysis, jberry.
much obliged for your insightful input.
You appear to be a guy who does his homework, not to mention fearlessly embarking on a few treks around the block.
certainly with noble intentions, of course.

01-14-11  12:09pm

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jberryl69 (12) REPLY TO #13 - graymane :

Thanks graymane - you're the one that gets lively discussions going and that's most appreciated.
01-14-11  12:24pm

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Lionheart (47) Do not personally know. The only thing on that list that I can relate to is cigarets because most of the people that work in my industry a smokers and they are trying to quit this year and it seems to be a struggle for them.

Porn for me is a hobby, I only have one membership a month and compared to my friends hobbies it is rather inexpensive.

01-14-11  02:52pm

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DpornGuy (36) porn viewing isn't as dangerous or life threatening as the others.
01-14-11  06:12pm

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slutty (111) REPLY TO #11 - jberryl69 :

to be fair, there are lots of quiting smoking centers/helplines/groups around the country, and the quit smoking business is a huge enterprise (gum, books, hypnosis, patches, detox centers, etc.).

also, going cold turkey on alcohol can also be dangereous if you are a severe alcoholic. the effects of which are where the belgian beer delirium tremens got its somewhat inappropriate name.

the readily available nature of cigarettes i'm sure make it that much harder to quit, however there is plenty of support for those that wish to do so, often free. i'd have to go with heroin due to its extreme chemically addictive nature, meth would also be pretty high up there.

01-14-11  10:41pm

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Drooler (218) I would think it's the harder drugs because quitting them means a lot of physical discomfort. And I'd even include nicotine, which I've heard is more addictive than heroin.

Quitting the psychological stuff also means some physical discomfort as pain of any kind is a bodily sensation, but they're easier to give up.

From the list, therefore, porn is the easiest to quit. So it's a good healthy thing to be addicted to! ;)

01-15-11  12:53am

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Denner (233) Bottom line: of course hard drugs - been dealing with heroine, morphine base (horrible) and opium (shooting up) addicts when an active reporter in my younger days - never seen lives/people in such a mess like that.
Gambling will only mess up your economy (maybe your marriage, but I do not underestimate this) - general speaking.
Cigarettes - well some get cancer - others get to be 95 years old smoking all their life.
"Soft dope" like pot - make it legal world wide..
Over-eating - sure. A big US-problem - slowly, but very steady growing in parts of Europe, too.

Porn - a great addiction - that most can turn on and off without serious problems...

01-15-11  09:14am

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graymane (31) There is so much good stuff already responding to this poll I'm inclined to wonder if anything I add might be simply trival.
But I do want expand on the excellent, submitted posts that's relating to chemical addiction.
Acknowledging the fact these plant-producing drugs presents an alarming problem in developed countries, certainly more-so here in the US, it can't be empathized too strongly the even more sinister damage growing out of control as to the actual source of the drugs. The short answer to that is the wrong people are getting rich ... namely the feared cartels; and money is crossing our borders in catastrophic amounts....also for the wrong reasons.
I'm only a voice in the wilderness, but it cries out to our leadership to sensibly legalize, control production and distribute all kinds and grades of this stuff in a professional manner.
The jury is still out on this motion....and the jury is, unfortunately, still brain-dead.

01-15-11  02:26pm

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jberryl69 (12) REPLY TO #17 - slutty :

I don't disagree Slutty with your thinking. But thinking about the question - which is the most difficult to kick, I still go with cigs just for the reason's you said. It is socially though marginally, acceptable. And it's big business.

I personally did not have a hard time when I wanted to quit ... the second time. I once quit for five years and started back. I quit in 1989 using a subliminal tape for 30 days. The thing that this tape did was once I lost the physical addiction (a seven day cold took care of that) I didn't have the mental addiction of wanting to smoke in certain types of trigger situations - like drinking or after eating. I was truly blessed not to be tempted by that and have been smoke free ever since ... except for the occasional puff of weed though you can imagine that was done for a different reason.

As far as your take on meth, you are correct - very dangerous drug due to how adversely it can make you act out. At least heroin just makes you pass out basically - ah..after a spell that's like a constant orgasm but we won't belabor that point. I'd have to put meth and probably crack up there with prescription drugs.

I would hold my agreement with heroin being the most addictive - If we shot up one time I doubt we'd become addicted - I think it takes repeated exposure to it - and it depends on the mix at street level. But this is not to say it isn't dangerous so don't take me wrong.

Given any person's addiction regardless of what it is, if you can't treat the root cause, you can't kick the addicted personality. Just cause you can kick a habit if that root cause isn't "cured" then the person will just go find another addition to indulge in.

Maybe in this poll, religion should have listed as an addiction to kick? People use it the way that some use drugs.

01-15-11  08:09pm

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slutty (111) REPLY TO #21 - jberryl69 :

ha, religion most certainly is an additction to some...

i agree cigs are hard to quit, i had a hard time as well, although having never tried heroin or meth i don't really have personal experience with quiting those. my main point was that just because there are clinics to help treat those that are addicted, doesn't mean it is any easier to quit.

01-15-11  11:25pm

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careylowell (18) I've read medical literature (No, I can't recall title or author) that just one attempt with heroin will lead to addiction for one-third of users.
Myra MacPherson's 'Long Time Passing' (An oral history of the Vietnam War in the style of Studs Terkel) relates that the smack Soldiers were sold in 'Nam was of a particularity vicious concentration. If carried unwrapped in the shirt or pants pocket for more than two or three days, it left sores.

01-16-11  07:09pm

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jberryl69 (12) REPLY TO #22 - slutty :

Talking to my sis about this subject today and she said the easiest to get addicted to and that has no medical or social redeeming value is Meth. She says that one time can change the chemical balance of your mind and create the addiction.

I think this came about because of a front page story about a kid killing himself last year after snorting what is called "bath salts" which the state has now made illegal. Stuff like that just makes you suicidal and isn't really it addictive - just makes you crazy out of your mind.

Anyway I should add my sis is a MD so I respect her take on it.

We were also talking about making drugs legal - well not all drugs (like meth) but most other street stuff - easier to control, can be taxed, and potentially removes a great deal of expense policing the stuff - then that money could go into treatment. There is no treatment in jail. Just seems like a humane way to go and what we do now doesn't seem to work.

01-16-11  08:32pm

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jberryl69 (12) REPLY TO #20 - graymane :

I agree!
01-16-11  08:34pm

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jberryl69 (12) REPLY TO #23 - careylowell :

Another issue that legalizing it would resolve since dosage control could be put into place and what you cut it with won't be crap to kill ya.
01-16-11  08:35pm

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jberryl69 (12) REPLY TO #19 - Denner :

Interestingly enough, not so much porn by itself but as a by-product of the disease "sex addiction" is a viable issue for some people. I personally don't understand it but they have 12 step programs to deal with it like any other addiction. ... go figure.
01-16-11  08:37pm

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jberryl69 (12) REPLY TO #12 - Capn :

Skip the heroin and just smoke a little opium instead then you'd not have to try any of the other ones because you'd be orgasmicly happy.
01-16-11  08:40pm

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jberryl69 (12) About the poll questions again - Cocaine and Heroin are polar opposites as far as what the do - the first is a central nervous system stimulant and the latter a central nervous system depressant and an opiate.

Just for the record.

01-16-11  08:42pm

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graymane (31) REPLY TO #29 - jberryl69 :

Thanks, Jb, for going the extra mile with your indivdual responses, and certainly for the shot in the arm (intended pun) this poll needed by giving viewers a lot more to think about.
I think my PU brothers will join me in our appreciation of how refreshing it is to have those of your caliber come onboard and throw themselves this enthusiastically into making our porn community here even better.
Stick around and make yourself at home,, you'll find this place really grows on you.

BTW.... forgive me for asking, but does Sis know about your interest in Porn?..... I mean, being an MD, an' all.

01-17-11  12:08pm

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jberryl69 (12) REPLY TO #30 - graymane :

My sis - lol - my sis always accuses me of giving TMI, so it's not the type of thing she would want to know. So overall I'd have to say no, but who knows. I would not volunteer this info to her for that reason and we don't exactly discuss it. I have talked about things I've seen but not where I've seen them and really in general terms (like squirting for instance.) It's not that I care about how she feels about it - just she wouldn't want to be burdened by the knowledge. So we have never discussed porn at all.

With regards to drugs, well she knows I've dabbled with them in the 70s and was also a drug counselor on the streets for a time, so that conversation was pretty easy to have.

I wish my sis didn't feel that way - I trust her implicitly and would like her as a confidant. But I can only speak here about porn.... and drugs.

01-17-11  01:25pm

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nygiants03 (162) I would say sex and porn viewing only because its the only thing i am addicted to above. I would imagine the others would be hard too.
01-21-11  09:42am

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slategrey (13) Sex and/or Porn viewing for me, never had a problem with the others
02-03-11  09:01am

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LatexRyan (17) Although I voted over-eating, I don't have any real experience of this, but it relates to me in that I used to be incredibly lazy, rarely taking exercise - that is a hard thing to break as my mind still wants to just sit around and do nothing.

Of course I'm still pretty lazy but in a different way, I take a lot more exercise now, and feel far better for it, but given the chance I'd gladly stay in bed most of the day.

05-20-12  05:11pm

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