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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:34 pm 

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This doubt has been raised for me after studying lesson 21 which mentions
"Often, there is an emotional pressure that exists and conventional means for managing that pressure are not yet developed. Enter some other means (e.g. relationships, fantasy, sports, alcohol, etc.) that, along with its primary stimulatory value, has a secondary value as well: it provide a means for gaining a temporary emotional reprieve from that underlying pressure. "

If yes how can it be addiction?

PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:43 am 
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Everything can be done in a balanced and deliberate way. But if it's an escape that you pursue, a way to feel better for the moment, it is no longer balanced. Watching sports can and often does produce emotional highs and lows, in those moments nothing else matters. Relying on the escape instead of dealing with the source of the problem is where addiction tends to set in. If the emphasis in sports is being with friends and possibly talking things out that's good, just to only and intentionally escape can, on the other hand, produce unhealthy habits.

PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:59 am 
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Lohananth asked

Is sport a type of addiction?

simply the answer is no
if re worded to
Can sport be a type of addiction?

then yes, if it is compulsive or used to avoid life

what is addiction?
Addiction is nothing more than a continuing pattern of unwanted compulsive behaviour that has had a negative impact on an individual

"A Continuing Pattern"

Addiction is defined by an ongoing series of behaviours, including the preoccupation with and the planning of those behaviours. Usually, these patterns become more and more ritualised, and this ritualisation often serves as a measuring stick for the extent of addiction.


If someone is engaged in behaviour of their choosing, even when this behaviour brings about significant negative consequences, this does not, in and of itself, warrant a definition of addiction. To be addicted, the person in question must have, at some point, felt the desire to stop (even if that desire no longer exists).

"Compulsive Behaviour"

Compulsive behaviour can be ANY type of behaviour and can be potentially devastating

"Negative Impact"

Just about anything can have a negative impact on a person's life. but equally so maintaining balance and satisfaction in one's life is more than achievable and is so positive .

hope this helps

Remember recovery is more than abstinence
Every transition begins with an ending
Do not confuse happiness with seeking pleasure
stay healthy keep safe
Coach Kenzo

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