It probably started out just as an occasional thing. A social drink. An extra pain pill to take the edge off. Then it became addiction and dependence. About 23.5 million Americans over the age of 12 are living with an addiction to drugs and alcohol.
It's possible to develop addictive behaviors for things that aren't chemical substances.
Addiction is not a choice, and those living with addiction may blame others, may have social and financial problems, and may want to quit yet can't without help.
No. There is no actual diagnosis of a personality type that's more prone to addiction than others.
Current research suggests your genes are a part of the addiction equation, but aren't the only determining factor in whether or not you will or won't become an addict.
While you may have a problem with a substance, such as drugs, or behavior, such as shopping, it doesn't necessarily mean you're addicted -- it does, though, mean you're a "problem user," and should look for ways to get unhealthy habits in control.
Addiction is a chronic brain disease. It is treatable, but overcoming addiction is not simply a matter of willpower or wanting to.
Depression, insomnia and social withdrawal all are linked to excessive and compulsive smartphone usage.
All of these are examples of the social consequences of dependency and addiction.
Missing work, school or social obligations because you were thinking about, seeking or engaging in addictive behavior may be a sign of addiction.
Often, shopping addiction (and other addictions) have a dual diagnosis, with depression.
Video game addiction, a condition experts want to study further, is considered an Internet Gaming Disorder.
Adderall is known by many names, including "beans" and "black beauties." "Mary Jane" is a nickname for marijuana.
Exercise is key to a healthy life, but if you're exercising for more than 2 hours a day, skipping work or events to work out and working out despite injury you may need help for addictive behavior.
Regardless of knowing texting while driving is dangerous, three-quarters of people surveyed admitted they do it anyway.
Although they may be co-occurring addictions, a compulsion to have sex may or may not include pornographic material, and vice versa.
If you're defensive about your substance use or your behavior, you may have an addiction.
All of these are psychological warning signs of a substance abuse problem, except finances. Unexplained money problems are a sign, too, but not psychological.
All of these are emotional signs you may have a shopping addiction.
Needing more of a substance, such as alcohol, or behavior, such as gambling, to get the same "high" means you've developed a tolerance to it.
Although most prescription medications aren't addicting if you take them as directed for a short time, misusing or abusing prescription meds is dangerous -- and can be addictive.
These are all warning signs of commonly abused drugs, but twitching and poor muscle control aren't usually associated with misuse or abuse of prescription stimulants.
Yes, you might. More than 110 million people work more than 40 hours each week, and if those excess hours are driven by a compulsion to get things done, it might be time to reassess your work-life balance.
Americans get a bit of separation anxiety when not near them, so most of us (72 percent) stay within 5 feet of our smartphones. Fear of being without your phone is known as nomophobia.
About 9 percent of (that's 1 in 10) adults admits to doing this. In a related statistic, 12 percent of people surveyed said smartphones get in the way of relationships.
Scoring four out of the seven items on the Bergen Work Addiction Scale -- which rates things such as your level of anxiety if you're unable to work, and if you work to avoid feelings of depression, anxiety or guilt -- identifies you with a work addiction.
A person with a shopping addiction carries, on average, about $70,000 in debt.
Yes, and it begins with our relationship with technology and media.
No. This is a common misconception. In reality, it's best to get help as soon as possible, not when you bottom out.
Research tells us that the longer you stay in a treatment program, the more effective it can be long-term. The minimum number needed to make any impact is 90 days in outpatient treatment; or, 21 days in an inpatient program.
No, a person does not need to voluntarily enter into a treatment program to benefit from that treatment.