Definition of Addiction

What is the definition of addiction?

asked 01 Aug '13, 15:17

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It is not possible to define "addiction" exactly, in a way suited to everyone. Perhaps the most helpful definition of addiction is the one that enables people to understand and recognize addiction, and seek help or addiction treatment.

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Drug Addiction

The second most popular form of substance addiction is drug addiction

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Alcohol Addiction

The most popular form of substance addiction is alcohol addiction.

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Addiction Treatment

Addiction is treatable. Approximately 50% of the cases of addiction involve co-occurring mental disorders, which are often part of the underlying causes of addiction. Addiction treatment (whether substance abuse addiction or other behavioral addictions) includes assessment for co-occurring mental disorders or conditions, and usually involves counseling, support programs like the 12 Step program, and may include physician-prescribed medications.


Addiction is defined by compelling, destructive behavior that continues despite negative consequences.

Compelling: you feel the compulsion, are moved towards doing, not just willfully.

Destructive: the outcome of the actions are destructive to your life and or others.

Continues despite Negative Consequences: One of the aspects people use to separate drug use or drug dependency from drug addiction, is that in a case of addiction, you illogically continue even though you experience negative consequences that should cause you to stop.

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answered 01 Aug '13, 15:28

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Maybe "defined by" should really be "characterized by" since sometimes addiction is viewed as a disease?

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