Addiction is a malfunction of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. It is displayed in pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.
Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, cravings, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability and extreme negative life consequences.
Do you or a loved one suffer from some type of addiction? Have you noticed that addiction has interfered with your life or the lives of your loved ones?
There are a wide variety of addictions.