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Addiction is defined as a person’s abuse of a substance or repetition of an activity that produces joy or pleasure, without regard to the detrimental consequences to one’s physical or mental health.
The consequences of addiction vary greatly depending on the individual and their life circumstances, ranging from a mundane addiction to caffeine to a disabling chemical dependency disorder. The onset of an addiction can be due to physical and/or emotional issues.
Addiction to a chemical substance worsens with the development of physical dependence, a condition which causes tolerance and withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can include:
- Chronic stress
- Uncontrolled anger
- Intense cravings for the substance
- Cold sweats
Examples of other addictive behaviors include eating disorders, gambling, and shopping.
Mental Health Professionals can provide therapies and counseling services specifically designed to identify and alleviate addictive behaviors.
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