Category: Addiction Defined

What is Addiction? Part 2

In my previous post, I began a discussion on the ASAM definition of addiction, and its nature as a primary disease, which means it can manifest in the body without any other accompanying disorders. The second characteristic of addiction is that it is a chronic disease. There are two types of medical conditions: chronic and acute. Chronic conditions are long-term and persistent, and there … Read More What is Addiction? Part 2

What is Addiction? Part 1.

Addiction is a complex issue, the nature of which is poorly understood by many. Is addiction just about drugs and alcohol? Is it rare, or is it prevalent in our society? Is addiction just a matter of willpower? Is addiction a disease, or is it some form of moral failing? Why can’t people just stop?