What Is Drug Addiction?
Addictions can occur in a number of different contexts. Whether the addictive issue is use of an illicit substance or a compulsive behavior, it is often characterized by:
- Negative consequences in the person’s life – consequences that affect physical health, career, home and mental health
- The inability to stop using the substance of choice or indulging in the behavior despite these consequences
- High treatability – addiction can be effectively addressed through professional medical and psychotherapeutic treatment