Condition -
Addiction

Addiction

According to the NHS, addiction can be defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful. It is most commonly associated with drug, alcohol, smoking gambling.

Substance Addiction is a mental condition that affects a person's brain and behaviour and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medication. Substances such as alcohol, cocaine, amphetamines, opioids, marijuana and nicotine are considered drugs. When a person is addicted, the person may continue using the drug despite the harm it causes.

Drug addiction can start with experimental use of a recreational drug in social situations and for some people, the drug use becomes more frequent. The repetition of its use forms a predictable habit pattern, even though the risk of addiction and how fast the person becomes addicted varies by drug. Over time, the person may need larger doses of the drug to get similar effects. As the drug use increases, the person may find that it's increasingly difficult to feel well without the drug. Attempts to stop its use may cause intense cravings and make the person feeling physically ill (withdrawal symptoms).

Symptoms Include...

  • Feeling that you have to use the substance regularly (daily or even several times a day)
  • Over time, needing more of the substance to get the same effect
  • Taking larger amounts of the substance over a longer period of time than you intended
  • Spending money on the substance, even though you can't afford it
  • Not meeting work responsibilities cutting back on activities because of substance use
  • Continuing to use the substance, even though you know it's causing problems in your life
  • Doing things to get the substance that you normally wouldn't do, such as stealing
  • Driving or doing other risky activities when you're under the influence of the substance
  • Spending a good deal of time getting the substance, using the substance or recovering from the effects of the substance
  • Failing in your attempts to stop using the substance
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to stop taking the substance

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