Addiction is complex. It is not fueled specifically by one thing or the other. It is not limited to drugs and alcohol. Addiction can arise in many forms of drugs, alcohol, diet, exercise, technology, gambling, sex, etc. Just as the many shapes and sized of addiction, there are many effective treatments for addiction available. Addiction is a chronic and often relapsing disorder. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, people begin taking drugs to feel good or better, to do better, and/or curiosity and peer pressure. When life becomes worth living, addiction becomes less present.
Some experiencing addiction may:
Be unable to stay away from the substance
Display a lack of self-control
Have an increased desire for the substance
Dismiss how their behavior may be causing problems
Lack an emotional response