Inability to stop engaging in a behaviour or using a substance that is causing harmful consequences. It impacts a person's thoughts, feelings and actions. Substance Use Disorder (SUD) involves uncontrolled use of a substance posing harmful consequences in day-to-day life.

Types of addiction can include:

  • Nicotine - Inability to quit smoking
  • Alcohol - Inability to quit alcohol, especially due to its social acceptance
  • Chemical Substances - May include illegal substances or prescription drugs
  • Other - Food, gambling, internet, fitness (any excessive indulgence)

Triggers - The Causes

  • Genetics and hereditary
  • Mental health disorders
  • Social and peer pressure
  • Low self-esteem and a desire to belong
  • Personality traits

Symptoms - What it looks like

  • Poor performance at school or work
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Lashing out at those who identify the addiction
  • Lack of energy in day-to-day activities
  • Noticeable weight loss or abandonment of hygiene
  • Impaired control to reduce / stop substance abuse
  • Social issues
  • Physical withdrawal symptoms when not indulging

Treatment - The way to healing

  • Medication
  • Behavioral therapies
  • Ongoing care to prevent relapse
  • Support groups
  • Rehabilitation centers - in-patient and out-patient

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