Not necessarily. In general, an addiction is a compulsion or compulsive habit that is so overwhelming, it can't be controlled. Over time, an addiction will become so overpowering, it may begin to interfere with your regular activities, including your relationships and your ability to work. Addictions usually refer to a compulsive need for alcohol or drugs, but other actions may be addictive as well such as compulsive shopping, compulsive gambling and other behaviors. People can even become addicted to food or to self-harm. An addiction is a serious medical problem that requires a doctor's care; it is not a problem of “bad morals.”
The number-one symptom of addiction is an inability to stop partaking in the activity, but there are other symptoms that can also occur, such as:
Most addictions require medication to help suppress the addictive behavior and get the behavior under control. Often, medication is combined with counseling to learn new positive behaviors and to understand the triggers that fuel the addiction so they can be addressed. Addiction treatment requires a long-term commitment, but today's techniques are very successful and can help you lead a healthier, addiction-free life.
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