The definition of an addiction is an obsessive need for a habit forming substance or activity.
The constant craving for a drug is an example of an addiction.
the condition of being addicted (to a habit) or of being an addict; specif., the habitual use of narcotic drugs
- a. A condition involving use of a substance, such as a drug or alcohol, or engagement in a behavior, such as gambling, in which a person has strong cravings, is unable to stop or limit the activity, continues the activity despite harmful consequences, and experiences distress upon discontinuance: a drug used in the treatment of heroin addiction.b. An instance of this: a person with a sex addiction.
- a. The condition of being habitually occupied with or involved in something: addiction to romance novels.b. The condition of using something on a regular or dependent basis: fossil fuel addiction.c. An instance of one of these conditions: had an addiction to fast cars.
- A physical or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, such as a drug or alcohol. In physical addiction, the body adapts to the substance being used and gradually requires increased amounts to reproduce the effects originally produced by smaller doses.
See more at withdrawal
- A habitual or compulsive involvement in an activity, such as gambling.
From addict + -ion; compare (Latin) addictio (“an adjudging, an award”)
addiction - Computer Definition
addiction - Medical Definition
- A condition involving use of a substance, such as a drug or alcohol, or engagement in a behavior, such as gambling, in which a person has strong cravings, is unable to stop or limit the activity, continues the activity despite harmful consequences, and experiences distress upon discontinuance: a drug used in the treatment of heroin addiction.
- An instance of this: a person with a sex addiction.
- One theory holds that a particular nerve pathway in the brain (dubbed the "mesolimbic reward pathway") holds certain chemical characteristics which can increase the likelihood that substance use will ultimately lead to substance addiction.
- The main goal of the session is to break through self-denial barriers and diversion that family victims have been practicing, and to make the addict aware of the impact their addiction is having on their loved ones and significant others.
- Because many counselors are former addicts themselves, most programs at addiction facilities require anywhere from two to five years of abstinence before allowing them into the series of classes required for them to become certified.
- The good news is that many individuals are eventually able to break their smoking habit - usually these are people who have a good plan, support, and resources that have been proven successful in the fight against cigarette addiction.
- Xander sat, and Gerry poured them both coffee, aware of his addiction for the bitter human drink.