Addiction

Addiction is the persistent and compulsive use of a substance or engagement in a behavior despite problems related to that use or behavior. The term is most commonly associated with a person’s desire to consume a chemical substance such as alcohol or drugs, but addictions can be physical, psychological, or both. In fact, almost any behavior can be termed an addiction if it becomes the primary focus of a person’s life, and especially if it results in harmful effects to one’s physical health and well-being. Addictions are associated with preoccupation with the substance or behavior, denial, attempts to hide the behavior or use, family dysfunction, and difficulty stopping. Many doctors consider addiction a disease, not a moral problem. Addictions are...

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