Addiction

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Addiction results when a person ingests a
substance (alcohol, cocaine, or nicotine, for example) or repeatedly takes part
in an activity (gambling) that can be pleasurable, but the continued use of
which becomes compulsive and interferes with everyday life.
Common addictions include:



-- Alcohol abuse


-- Drug abuse


-- Exercise abuse


-- Pornography


-- Gambling

Classic symptoms of addiction include
impaired control over substances/behavior, preoccupation with
substance/behavior, continued use despite consequences, and denial. Behavior
patterns and habits associated with addiction are commonly characterized by the
pursuit of immediate gratification, coupled with negative long-term effects.  

Physiological dependence results when the
body is unable to function normally in the absence of the substance or
behavior. This state produces the conditions of tolerance and withdrawl.

Tolerance is the result of the body
requiring larger volumes of the substance or stimulus in order to achieve the
original effects.

Withdrawal is the physical and
psychological symptoms experienced when the body no longer receives the
substance in the same quantities it has become reliant upon.

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Addiction

  1. 1. http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=641Fitango EducationHealth TopicsAddiction
  2. 2. 1OverviewAddiction results when a person ingests asubstance (alcohol, cocaine, or nicotine, forexample) or repeatedly takes partin an activity (gambling) that can be pleasurable,but the continued use of
  3. 3. 2Overviewwhich becomes compulsive and interferes witheveryday life.Common addictions include:-- Alcohol abuse-- Drug abuse-- Exercise abuse
  4. 4. 3Overview-- Pornography-- GamblingClassic symptoms of addiction includeimpaired control over substances/behavior,preoccupation withsubstance/behavior, continued use despiteconsequences, and denial. Behavior
  5. 5. 4Overviewpatterns and habits associated with addiction arecommonly characterized by thepursuit of immediate gratification, coupled withnegative long-term effects.Physiological dependence results when thebody is unable to function normally in the absenceof the substance or
  6. 6. 5Overviewbehavior. This state produces the conditions oftolerance and withdrawl.Tolerance is the result of the bodyrequiring larger volumes of the substance orstimulus in order to achieve theoriginal effects.
  7. 7. 6OverviewWithdrawal is the physical andpsychological symptoms experienced when thebody no longer receives thesubstance in the same quantities it has becomereliant upon.
  8. 8. 7Addictive behavior**Why do some people become addicted, whileothers do not?**Nothing can predict whether or not a personwill become addicted to drugs. But there are somerisk factors for drug
  9. 9. 8Addictive behavior**Why do some people become addicted, whileaddiction, including:**Biology**. Genes, gender, ethnicity, andthe presence of other mental disorders mayincrease risk for drug abuse andaddiction.
  10. 10. 9Addictive behavior**Environment**. Peer pressure, physicaland sexual abuse, stress, and family relationshipscan influence the course ofdrug abuse and addiction in a persons life.
  11. 11. 10Addictive behavior**Development**. Although taking drugs atany age can lead to addiction, the earlier that druguse begins, the morelikely it is to progress to more serious abuse.
  12. 12. 11Useful resources available onFitangoWe offer the following Actionplans:Track my addiction recoveryTrack my addictionYou will also find additional information in thefollowing topics:
  13. 13. 12Useful resources available onFitangoAlcohol controlQuit smokingSeeking helpRelapse

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