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Unfortunately, some people think that having an addiction is a moral failure. Actually, that is not true; addiction is widely considered by scientists to be a complex problem that has biological, genetic, and social components.

Many struggle with or know someone who is living with an addiction. Broadly speaking, addictions can take on many forms and can have debilitating consequences for one’s physical health, relationships, financial status, and other areas as well. You may already know about some kinds of addictions, such as addictions to alcohol, drugs, or gambling.

Although each type of addiction is different some common symptoms may include:

  • Lack of control over behavior
  •  A strong craving of the substance or activity
  • Withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety when the person is unable to access the substance or activity
  • Increased tolerance to the substance or activity

Seeking help for an addiction is difficult for many people. It’s important to understand, however, that you’re not alone – people of all ages, races, and genders live with addictions. Consider searching our database to start talking about a treatment plan that is best for you.

Please review the additional resources below about addiction:

My Story: Setbacks Do Not Mean Failure – L’s Story

My Story: Setbacks Do Not Mean Failure – L’s Story

From our archives: When I was 19, I completed my first stint in rehab. I never really wanted to get into ‘the hard stuff’, so I got my highs through alcohol. It was never really a high I was after, though; I simply wanted to escape into another world, to forget about a loss that is still too hard to talk about.

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