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Drug Addiction

(Also Known As: Addiction, Drug Problem, Drug Rehab, Drug Abuse, Drug Addict, Substance Abuse)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What is Drug Addiction?

Drug addiction is considered to be a pathological state disorder where the use of drugs leads to addiction and acute cravings of the drug, which develops into a more chronic stage of drug-seeking behavior. The person addicted to drugs is highly vulnerable to relapse and to a decreased ability to respond to a rewarding stimuli. 1

Drug addiction is categorized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – Fourth Edition (DSM –IV) into three:

  1. Preoccupation/anticipation
  2. binge/intoxication
  3. withdrawal/negative effect

Drug addiction is also termed as substance abuse since the person experiences increased cravings to take a certain drug repeated times, more than its actual dosage, leading to the potential negative physical, psychological, and social consequences. There are certain drugs that can possibly harbor more drug addiction than other drugs. 2

Could You Have Drug Addiction?

Drug Addiction Topics

Related Conditions

Alcohol Addiction – addiction, dependence, tolerance, withdrawal, alcoholism, compulsion to alcohol consumption
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – obsessive behavior, compulsivity, uncontrolled inclination to something
Sexual Addiction – sexual dependency, sexual compulsivity, hypersexuality