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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:
- FindaPsychologist.org: Addiction Self-Help Resources
- National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: Managing your drinking
- Science Daily: Parental addictions linked to children’s depression
- The New York Times: Ending the secrecy of addiction
- National Institute of Drug Abuse: Treatment resources
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