Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (e.g. alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity (e.g. gambling, sex, shopping) that can be pleasurable but the continued use/act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, relationships, or health.

here are no specific causes of any addiction aside from use of a substance or activity, and there is no way to predict who will become dependent on use. Any substance or activity that has the capacity to be pleasurable can provide the conditions for addiction. All addictions impact various neural circuits of the brain, including those related to reward, motivation, and memory.


Here are some of the most common signs of addiction

  1. Changes in mood, motivation, attitude
  2. Absenteeism at work or school
  3. Increased need for cash
  4. Bloodshot eyes or enlarged pupils
  5. Sudden weight changes (gain or loss)
  6. Ignoring once-loved activities
  7. Change in friends and hangouts
  8. Tremors in the hands

  1. General Considerations
  2. Inpatient Treatment
  3. Outpatient Treatment

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