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What is Addiction?

Welcome to the What is Addiction? topic center

 This topic center will provide information on:

  1. Definitions and Classification of Addiction.
  2. Addiction Statistics.

You may be asking the questions, “What is addiction?” “How do I know if I have an addiction?” It is our hope that these pages will provide insight into these questions. For now, here are a couple quick reference points:

In the first article, Horvath, Misra, Epner, & Cooper define addiction as:

“the repeated involvement with a substance or activity, despite the substantial harm it now causes, because that involvement was (and may continue to be) pleasurable and/or valuable.”

Another definition of addiction by Horvath (2004) uses three simple concepts:

  • Anything.
  • Excessive.
  • Craving.

“repeated involvement with anything, despite excessive costs, because of craving.”

-Horvath, A. T. (2004). Sex, Drugs, Gambling, & Chocolate: A Workbook for Overcoming Addictions. Impact Publishers, Atascadero, CA.

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Always remember that it is a good idea to consult a medical professional for proper evaluation and to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.


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