The Difference Between an Obsession and an Addiction
An obsession and an addiction can look the same but the root is very different. For instance, you gamble every week spending approximately $10 on lottery tickets; gambling in this example is your behavior that can be obsessive, addictive or both. The obsessive part of your behavior is gambling at the same store, on the same day, with the same numbers and if it is not done in this manner then you cannot win. It does not matter if there is evidence of past wins; it only matters that things be done a certain way. The addictive part of your behavior is dreaming of how the money will be spent, what will be bought, and who will benefit from the winnings. The dreaming is active and an entire day can be spent just thinking about the possibilities.