The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as a primary chronic disease of brain reward, memory, motivation, and related circuitry, which is reflected in an individual pursuing reward or relief by substance abuse. Addiction to nearly any substance can have a substantial negative impact on your life and the lives of those around you.
What Are the Basic Characteristics of Addiction?
Multiple unhealthy emotional responses or behaviors typically characterize addiction. Some examples of these behaviors and emotional responses include:
- Impairment in behavioral control
- Dysfunctional emotional responses
- Inability to abstain from using a substance or engaging in an activity
- Diminished recognition of interpersonal and behavioral problems.
Additionally, substance abuse and dependence can cause impaired perception, learning, impulse control, and judgment. Because of these effects, individuals who suffer from addiction can have a hard time recognizing the extent of their problems. When someone with an addiction seeks out help, it is often due to close family or friends encouraging them to get help for their addiction, rather than seeking help on their own accord.
Signs of Addiction
If you believe that you or someone you care about is suffering from an addiction, there are some signs and indicators that you should be aware of that can help you move forward with seeking help. These signs include:
- Excessive use of alcohol or drugs
- Excessive time spent recovering from the usage of alcohol or drugs
- Substantial focus on pursuing addictive substances
- Adverse physical and emotional consequences from substance use
- Worsening preoccupation with drugs or alcohol
- Lack of desire to give up problematic behavior
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