Addiction is a complex psychological and physical condition that develops from repeated substance abuse or engagement in certain behaviors.
Addiction affects the brain’s reward and motivation systems, leading to persistent and intense cravings and a strong desire to continue using the substance or engaging in the behavior. Addiction can result in physical, psychological, and social harm and severely impact an individual’s quality of life and relationships. Effective addiction treatment typically involves addressing the underlying psychological and social factors and the physical symptoms of withdrawal and may include therapy, support groups, and medication.
Over time, the individual may experience physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms and struggle to control their use. Addiction can seriously impact a person’s physical and mental health, relationships, and overall quality of life.