Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (e.g. alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity (e.g. gambling, sex, shopping) that can be pleasurable but the continued use/act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, relationships, or health.
List of addictions – substances A list of addictions relating to the following substances:
• Cannabis (Marijuana)
• Prescription Drugs (sedatives, hypnotics, or anxiolytics like sleeping pills and tranquilizers)
• Amphetamines (like methamphetamine, known as meth)
• Phencyclidine (Known as PCP or Angeldust)
• Other unspecified substances.
List of impulse control disorders The following is a list of the reorganized impulse control disorders:
• Intermittent explosive disorder (compulsive aggressive and assaultive acts)
• Kleptomania (compulsive stealing)
• Pyromania (compulsive setting and fires)
List of addictions – behavioral The following is a list of behaviors that have been noted to be addictive:
• Food (eating)
• Pornography (attaining, viewing)
• Using computer / the internet
• Playing video games
• Pain (seeking)
• Spiritual obsession (as opposed to religious devotion)
Signs of addiction Here are some of the most common signs of addiction:
• Change in friends and hangouts
• Changes in mood, motivation, attitude
• Absenteeism at work or school
• Increased need for cash
• Bloodshot eyes or enlarged pupils
• Sudden weight changes (gain or loss)
• Secretive behaviors; lying
• Tremors in the hands
• Ignoring once-loved activities
Causes of addiction There are no specific causes of any addiction aside from use of a substance or activity, and there is no way to predict who will become dependent on use. Any substance or activity that has the capacity to be pleasurable can provide the conditions for addiction. All addictions impact various neural circuits of the brain, including those related to reward, motivation, and memory.
Treatment of addiction Addiction is a treatable condition. The first phase of treatment from is withdrawal from the problem substance/activity. Some of our addiction treatment programs include:
• Medical drug and alcohol detox
• Inpatient and outpatient addiction programs
• Treatment for chemical and process addiction and mental health disorders
• 12-steps programs and alternative to the 12 steps
• Psychiatric care for mental health disorders and dual diagnosis
• Men-only and Women-only programs
• Specialized programs for teens, professionals and other groups
What is a drug?
A medicine or other substance which has a psychological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body.
What is the definition of medicine?
Medical Definition of Medicine; 1: a substance or preparation used in treating disease. 2a: the science and art dealing with the maintenance of health and the prevention, alleviation, or cure of disease. b: the branch of medicine concerned with the nonsurgical treatment of disease.
What is the definition of medication?
A drug or other substance used to treat disease or injury. Medication is the act or process of treating a person or disease with medicine.
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