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Addictions come in many forms, and they all have one thing in common — they are all linked to a dependence on a substance or behaviour. How does this dependency lead to an addiction?

What is Addiction?

An addiction occurs when someone becomes physically and psychologically dependent on an activity or substance. Even though the addict may know the addiction is damaging their health or financial and/or emotional wellbeing in some way, they are compelled to repeat the activity.

Addictions exert a long and powerful influence on the brain. Substances such as alcohol, drugs and tobacco cause a particularly powerful surge of dopamine in the brain, and it is the speed with which the substance promotes this dopamine release that leads to addiction. The same thing happens during an addictive activity such as gambling or gaming. This leads to a physical dependence on the substance or activity and a history of addiction. As the craving for the activity continues, a psychological dependence develops.

Some of the most common addictive substances and activities are:

  • Addiction to alcohol
  • Addiction to drugs
  • Addiction to tobacco
  • Problem gambling
  • Addiction to food
  • Addiction to games — or video game addiction

Although it is difficult to break away from an addiction, there are many routes to recovery and help is available.

Downloadable Addiction Resources

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Dealing with Addiction

Providing the facts about substance abuse, gambling, gaming & food addiction as well as how to help people recover from addiction.

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