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addiction, dependence, dependance, dependency, habituationnoun
being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)
an abnormally strong craving
(Roman law) a formal award by a magistrate of a thing or person to another person (as the award of a debtor to his creditor); a surrender to a master
"under Roman law addiction was the justification for slavery"
The state of being addicted; devotion; inclination.
A habit or practice that damages, jeopardizes or shortens one's life but when ceased causes trauma.
A pathological relationship to mood altering experience that has life damaging consequences.
His addiction was to courses vain. Shakespeare.
Etymology: From ; compare addictio
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: addictio, Lat.
It is a wonder how his grace should g’ean it,
Since his addiction was to courses vain;
His companies unletter’d, rude and shallow;
His hours fill’d up with riots, banquets, sports. William Shakespeare, Hen. V.
Addiction is a neuropsychological disorder characterized by a persistent and intense urge to engage in certain behaviors, one of which is the usage of a drug, despite substantial harm and other negative consequences. Repetitive drug use often alters brain function in ways that perpetuate craving, and weakens (but does not completely negate) self-control. This phenomenon – drugs reshaping brain function – has led to an understanding of addiction as a brain disorder with a complex variety of psychosocial as well as neurobiological (and thus involuntary) factors that are implicated in addiction's development. Classic signs of addiction include compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli, preoccupation with substances or behavior, and continued use despite negative consequences. Habits and patterns associated with addiction are typically characterized by immediate gratification (short-term reward), coupled with delayed deleterious effects (long-term costs).Examples of drug (or more generally, substance) addictions include alcoholism, marijuana addiction, amphetamine addiction, cocaine addiction, nicotine addiction, opioid addiction, and eating or food addiction. Alternatively, behavioral addictions may include gambling addiction, internet addiction, video game addiction, pornography addiction and sexual addiction. The only behavioral addiction recognized by the DSM-5 and the ICD-10 is gambling addiction. With the introduction of the ICD-11 gaming addiction was appended.The term "addiction" is frequently misused when referring to other compulsive behaviors or disorders, particularly dependence, in news media. An important distinction between drug addiction and dependence is that drug dependence is a disorder in which cessation of drug use results in an unpleasant state of withdrawal, which can lead to further drug use. Addiction is the compulsive use of a substance or performance of a behavior that is independent of withdrawal. Addiction can occur in the absence of dependence, and dependence can occur in the absence of addiction, although the two often occur together.
the state of being addicted; devotion; inclination
Etymology: [Cf. L. addictio an adjudging.]
Addiction is the continued use of a mood altering substance or behavior despite adverse consequences, or a neurological impairment leading to such behaviors. Addictions can include, but are not limited to, drug abuse, exercise addiction, food addiction, sexual addiction, computer addiction, and gambling. Classic hallmarks of addiction include impaired control over substances or behavior, preoccupation with substance or behavior, continued use despite consequences, and denial. Habits and patterns associated with addiction are typically characterized by immediate gratification, coupled with delayed deleterious effects. Physiological dependence occurs when the body has to adjust to the substance by incorporating the substance into its 'normal' functioning. This state creates the conditions of tolerance and withdrawal. Tolerance is the process by which the body continually adapts to the substance and requires increasingly larger amounts to achieve the original effects. Withdrawal refers to physical and psychological symptoms experienced when reducing or discontinuing a substance that the body has become dependent on. Symptoms of withdrawal generally include but are not limited to anxiety, irritability, intense cravings for the substance, nausea, hallucinations, headaches, cold sweats, and tremors.
The numerical value of addiction in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of addiction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Examples of addiction in a Sentence
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.
If you're talking about redistributing funds, I absolutely agree with that, i've advocated for mental health funds to go to communities of color since 2013. I've been advocating for treatment of drug addiction for a long time. But if you're talking about, let's just take all the police out of our community and if a crime happens, just let someone else respond, I just don't think that's realistic.
About 20% — 24 people — were not previously involved in (addiction) services and wanted resources, so we connected them to relevant services.
For many people, drug and alcohol problems begin as self-medication for other mental health symptoms. Half of people with a substance use disorder have another mental illness at some point, and vice-versa, fragmented and hard-to-access mental health care means that these conditions and addiction often go untreated.
From depression or addiction, to climate change to plastic pollution in the ocean, to systemic racism, it is our choice to separate all these interconnected problems out into fragments that makes them harder to solve, a bee is always considering the welfare of her hive. She is wired that way. But humans are wired for choice. So we must choose to see how connected all our problems are.
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- إدمان, الادمانArabic
- зависимост, пристрастеност, навикBulgarian
- addiccióCatalan, Valencian
- Sucht, AbhängigkeitGerman
- εξάρτηση, εθισμόςGreek
- toksomanio, manioEsperanto
- himo, riippuvuus, addiktioFinnish
- tràillealachdScottish Gaelic
- verslaafdheid, verslavingDutch
- nałóg, uzależnieniePolish
- adicção, vício, viciadoPortuguese
- зависимость, пагубная привычкаRussian
- tutku, bağımlılık, düşkünlük, iptilaTurkish
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