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What is Addiction?

Published May 14 2024 | Updated May 14 2024

Dr. Ash Bhatt provides a simple and compelling summary of what addiction is. Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes in the brain. It is considered both a complex brain disorder and a mental illness. Addiction is influenced by genetic, psychological, environmental, and social factors, contributing to its development and persistence. Typically, addiction involves a lack of control over behaviors, substance use, or participation in activities that are initially pleasurable but become less so over time as the individual’s ability to abstain weakens. Addiction treatment may include therapy, medication, and support groups, and recovery can be a long-term process requiring ongoing management and support.

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