In lay terms addiction is the continued use of a mood altering substance or behavior despite adverse dependency consequences. In some cases this may lead an alteration in your neurological or psychological status leading to perpetuation of such behaviors.

Addictions can include alcohol abuse, drug abuse, exercise abuse, pornography and gambling. However this is not an exhaustive example list as there are many more varieties of addictions.

Most addicts stay in a denial mode for a long time until they have virtually reduced themselves to total wrecks. The most important question to ask oneself is “Do I have the classical hallmarks of an addiction?”

Classic hallmarks of addiction include:

  • Poor control over substances/behavior
  • An unhealthy preoccupation with substance/behavior
  • Continued use despite consequences
  • Denial

Habits and patterns associated with addiction are typically characterized by immediate gratification followed by delayed disastrous side effects.

Physiological dependence occurs when the body has to adjust to the substance by incorporating the substance into its 'normal' functioning. This change in body function creates tolerance and withdrawal. Tolerance is the process by which the body continually adapts to the substance and requires increasingly larger amounts to achieve the original effects. Withdrawal refers to physical and psychological symptoms people experience when reducing or discontinuing a substance the body had become dependent on.

Some of the major symptoms of withdrawal are unmistakable and include anxiety, irritability, intense cravings for the substance, nausea, hallucinations, headaches, cold sweats, and tremors.

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