Addictions are compulsions (irresistible urges) to use and abuse things excessively, until they become destructive. These compulsions are very powerful and produce a life-threatening process that can go on indefinitely and can end in disability or death for the sufferer, and cause pain and suffering for loved ones.
Addictions can cause major life problems, such as:
These behaviors are often shaped by genetics and the person’s family. Addiction’s problems include loss of control, unpredictability, and unwanted consequences, as well as psychological and physical destruction.
Addiction is the most common public mental health problem in the United States. Nearly anyone can become addicted; approximately 22 percent of the general population in the United States can expect to have a significant problem with substance misuse or abuse at some point in their lives.
People can become addicted to:
Commonly used addictive drugs include:
According to addiction research:
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