The Véniez Drug Rehab Center© for Abuse & Addiction
People can get addicted to all sorts of habits. When we think of addiction, we usually think of alcohol or illegal drugs. But people become addicted to medications, cigarettes, even food, gambling, sex, shopping! And some habits are more addictive than others.
Addiction means a person has no control over whether he or she uses a drug or not. Addiction can be physical, psychological, or both.
Physical addiction is when a person's body actually becomes dependent on a particular habit. It also means building tolerance to that habit, so that a person needs a larger dose than ever before to get the same effects. Someone who is physically addicted and stops using may experience withdrawal symptoms. Common symptoms of withdrawal are diarrhea, shaking, and generally feeling awful.
Psychological addiction happens when the cravings for a drug are psychological or emotional. People who are psychologically addicted feel overcome by the desire to have a their habit. They may lie or steal to get it.