What is Addiction?
Through the years the process of defining what the term addiction means has been a challenge to professionals and recovering people alike. There is still no single definition accepted by all. According to one scientific source, addiction is A brain disorder characterized by the loss of control of drug-taking behavior, despite adverse health, social, or legal consequences to continued drug use. 1 Another definition is An illness in which a person seeks and consumes a substance, such as alcohol, tobacco or a drug, despite the fact that it causes harm. 2 Finally, according to Narcotics Anonymous, the 12-step self-help support group for individuals who wish to no longer use drugs, the addict is Very simply, an addict is a man or woman whose life is controlled by drugs. We are people in the grip of a continuing and progressive illness whose ends are always the same: jails, institutions and death. 3 While these three definitions vary somewhat from each other, the following common threads appear. Addiction is a disease or illness, the consequences of which severely threaten life and happiness.
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- David Friedman, PhD, and Sue Rusche, Harwood Academic Publishers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1999.
- The Mayo Clinic Glossary
- Page 3, Basic Text, 5th Edition
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